A study published in the journal, Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, has found that continuous use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) - as opposed to taking them "as needed" for pain - can help reduce inflammation and revert disease progression of ankylosing spondylitis as seen on x-rays.
The study focused on those who have AS and have an "elevated acute phase reactant." An elevated acute phase reactant is, in this case, a sign of inflammation seen in a blood test. These included a high/elevated CRP (C-reactive protein )-levels or ESR (Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate).
The authors conclude that, "Continuous NSAID-therapy in patients with elevated acute phase reactants may lead to an improved benefit-risk-ratio of these drugs."
To read the study abstract, click here.
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