Topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in the treatment of osteoarthritis

Zahi Touma, Lan Chen, Thurayya Arayssi

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Osteoarthritis is the most common degenerative joint disease and is particularly common in the elderly. Topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may represent a rational treatment in this situation because of their favorable side-effect profile. The majority of topical NSAIDs decrease pain and relieve functional disability caused by osteoarthritis over the short term, however, there are insufficient data for their long-term efficacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-175
Number of pages13
JournalFuture Rheumatology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007
Externally publishedYes



  • Diclofenac
  • Ibuprofen
  • Ketoprofen
  • Meta-analysis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Piroxicam
  • Randomized controlled trials
  • Topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology

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