High BP pill could ease arthritis pain
- FIR against Giriraj Singh for Modi-Pak remark, BJP pulls him up
- Modi attacks Gandhis again, wonders how Rahul can lead country when he can't handle Amethi
- Malaysian Airlines flight to Bangalore makes air turnback, lands safely
- Vote for BSP to keep fascist forces, dynasty rule at bay: Mayawati to Muslims
- IPL 7: Glen Maxwell plays another blinder, leads KXIP to stunning win
An inexpensive pill that treats high blood pressure and heart failure could also help ease pain in people with arthritis without causing any side-effects, scientists say.
Recent research suggests the drug called spironolacton could provide a breakthrough in the treatment of osteoarthritis for people with aching, ageing joints.
It is believed spironolactone suppresses a hormone called aldosterone, which has also been linked to inflammation in the joints, 'Daily Express' reported.
It is also thought that the drug boosts cortisol, a hormone which reduces the body's sensitivity to pain. Osteoarthritis usually develops with age as cartilage, nature's "shock absorber", is worn down in major joints including the hips, knees and wrists.
Scientists at Dundee University turned to spironolactone, in their hunt for a safer, cheaper painkiller, the report said. After an initial study highlighted the drug's painkilling powers, scientists are now setting up a larger trial to assess its full potential.