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Effective Health Care Program

  • Jan. 1, 2005
    Topic Initiated
  • Sept. 27, 2005
    Draft Key Questions
  • Sept. 25, 2006
    Systematic Review

Comparative Effectiveness and Safety of Analgesics for Osteoarthritis

Systematic Review

Archived: This report has been updated.

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The purpose of this report was to assess the comparative efficacy and safety of non-opioid oral medications (selective and non-selective non-aspirin NSAIDs, aspirin, salsalate, and acetaminophen), over-the-counter supplements (chondroitin and glucosamine), and topical agents (NSAIDs and rubefacients, including capsaicin) for osteoarthritis.