Medications of any conditions may come in various sizes, shapes, color, or even in the formulation. This is actually true even for the medications with the similar generic names. Unsatisfactorily, it is typically the brand name that we pay for. And sometimes, the cost is much higher than the effectiveness of the medicine for the illnesses that it promises to cure. Come to think of it, the modern system like a salesman that offers you two products, isn’t it? They actually sound the same, however, one is actually twice the price of the other one. They only differ in color, and it’s just a matter of sales talk.
In this article, you will get to know about the use of one medication whom some have a doubt with when it comes to treating gout. Is Vimovo really that beneficial? Can it live up its name that claims to be very reliable as a pain reliever, we’ll find out! Read on, to know more!
Vimovo: What is this medication?
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Vimovo is actually a brand name of naproxen. is part of the drug category, NSAID or Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs. As what you may have heard already, Vimovo is beneficial in getting rod of inflammation and pain. However, this may sound weird, yet Vimovo may cause an ulcer (yes, you read it correctly- it may cause ulcer). That being said, consuming Vimovo for gout somewhat makes sense, isn’t it?
The effects as well as the drawbacks of Vimovo are actually not coincidental. There is a science behind it. Dissimilar from the other medications, there is a solid proof of the side effects of Vimovo. You will get to know about these later on.
Vimovo has a combination of naproxen and esomeprazole. Moreover, it works by way of lowering the substances in the body, which may cause pain, fever, and inflammation. naproxen, as what’s stated earlier, is a type Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs. On the other hand, esomeprazole is a proton pump preventer. It is actually added in Vimovo in order to reduce the number of acids that is being produced in the stomach.
Vimovo is usually used in treating symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. Vimovo’s esomeprazole is beneficial in lowering the risk of stomach ulcers to those people who are on the verge of having ulcers (stomach), while receiving the treatment with Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs.
The Science behind Vimovo
Naproxen, Vimovo, or NSAIDs in general, share the same effects, as well as side effects. They all have the capacity to disrupt the immunity and some other natural bodily mechanism. And they share the side effect of treating inflammation and pain. Although they are anti-inflammatories, the analgesic effect of them is due to the interruption of the body. Certainly, it disturbs the autoimmune responses of the body. Even though this may help in easing the pain and inflammation, it may cause you to be more susceptible to diseases. In order to gain something, you must make some sacrifices too, although in this particular case, it is not that worth it. Even though there are lots of doubts on Vimovo’s capacity in treating gout, Vimovo is actually quite effective in giving relief to pain.
Caution before taking Vimovo for Gout
Naproxen, as we know may increase the risk of fatal heart attacks or even stroke. Most especially, if you are using it for along period of time or taking it on a high dose, or of course, if you have an existing heart condition.
You shouldn’t take Vimovo if you are allergic to naproxen or esomeprazole, or if:
- You are taking an HIV medication that has rilpivirine on it.
- You have had a severe allergic reaction or asthma attack after taking NSAIDs or aspirin.
- You are allergic to rabeprazole, pantoprazole, omeprazole, lansoprazole, and others.
For you to make sure that Vimovo is really safe for you, tell your doctor if you ever had the following conditions:
- Low magnesium levels in the blood
- Kidney or liver disease
- Stomach ulcer, bleeding, ulcerative colitis, and other intestinal conditions
- Heart attack, blood clot, stroke
- High blood pressure, heart disease, or if you smoke
Taking Vimovo for gout is a good way to relieve the pain and inflammation. However, it may also give some drawbacks, like immune suppression and ulcer. You are the one to decide, whether this drug can help you or find other that can really solve the condition.