The authors discuss the possibilities of cooperation between patients, doctors and pharmacists in the treatment of rheumatic diseases. The rheumatic complaints (back, neck and soft tissue pains) are often transitory and do not need the doctor's intervention. Instead, they can be treated with OTC drugs self-administered by the patients. The locomotor disorders of mechanical origin can be treated with simple OTC painkillers per os, per rectum or percutan. Painful conditions of inflammatory origin should be treated with anti-inflammatory drugs. In mild cases percutan treatment can be recommended. The increased Ca or D-vitamin intake is not rare, and can cause severe iatrogenic harm. Patients with severe rheumatic symptoms under medical treatment can turn for advice to the pharmacist, too. In this case the pharmacist must convince the patient not to discontinue his/her treatment because of financial problems. The patients should take their steroid drugs during intercurrent diseases, too. Between the drug industry, the doctors and the pharmacists appropriate, correct relationship must be built and maintained with no place for unprincipled, biased commitments.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1 1999|
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