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Comparison of Different Drug Regimens for Osteoarthritic Treatment in Pakistani Population

Muhammad Ijaz Ul Haq, Syed Qasim Mazhar, Muhammad Umair Khalid, Mohammad Mohsin Khan, Iqra Khan


Aim: The aim and objective of current study is to investigate the best possible regimen for the treatment of osteoarthritis in Pakistani population.

Materials and method: An observational, multicentre cross-sectional study was conducted including 179 patients aged from 28 to 80 years. Patients were divided into three treatment protocols. Treatment protocol I patients received non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) with mineral supplements, Treatment protocol II received NSAIDs with mineral supplements and steroids, and Treatment protocol III received NSAIDs with mineral supplements and Vitamin D3. A questionnaire was designed and data were collected accordingly.

Results: Results indicate that females have high incidence of osteoarthritis. Results also indicate that females receive Treatment protocol I and II more as compared to males. However, they have more vitamin D3 deficiency in comparison to males.

Conclusion: The present study concludes that various drug regimens are effective in treatment of osteoarthritis. However, there is not a specific protocol that cures the disorder. Our study also concludes that NSAIDs, with calcium supplementation and vitamin D3 is a best possible combination to improve the quality of life in Pakistani population.

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