Table 3

Comparison of oral and topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for osteoarthritis

Oral

Topical


Efficacy

More potent

Less potent

Tolerability

Moderate-Poor

Moderate-Good

Common side effects

Upper gastrointestinal symptoms and bleed, ulcer; worsening renal function

Skin irritation


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