You may be aware of recent studies that indicate an increased heart attack risk for people taking commonly prescribed painkillers. These studies highlight a significant challenge for people living with arthritis.
Non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and diclofenac play a very important role in relieving pain and enabling people to participate in work and family life but, like all medications, come with some risk.
If people have any concerns about their likely risk, we would urge them to speak with their GP, pharmacist or talk to one of our Arthritis Educators by phoning 0800 663463 before taking any drastic actions like stopping taking their medication.
It is important to note that the risks identified are negligible for people who buy over these medications over the counter and use them as instructed for a short time.
It was great to chat to so many visitors to our stand at the Motorhome & Caravan Show in Hamilton recently.
The winner of the fabulous gift basket was B Keller, of New Plymouth, and second prize went to T Hughes, of Auckland.
Thanks for your support.
The ease your pain seminar & arthritis clinics, which were to have been held on 16 January at Cooper’s Beach, have had to be cancelled.
We apologise for any inconvenience.
Arthritis New Zealand urges caution to people considering buying the health supplement Finitro Forte Plus, which claims it is “…the most effective cure worldwide” for arthritis.
The product’s advertising makes some strong claims about its effectiveness, which it claims are backed up by “independent research”.
Both the Commerce Commission and the New Zealand Advertising Standards Authority have advised they consider this advertising is potentially misleading, and Arthritis New Zealand agrees with this. Arthritis New Zealand is not aware of any health supplement or other product that can cure arthritis.
People who are living with arthritis are warned to be wary of Finitro Forte Plus, or any other product that claims to cure arthritis, because any such claims will almost certainly be misleading.
Arthritis New Zealand is delighted Arthritis Ambassador Matt Lockwood has won the inaugural V8 Challenge Cup.
Matt was presented with the cup after the last round at Pukekohe over the weekend.