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Orthovisc is a medication in the form of injection for people who suffer from osteoarthritis in the knee. It is a therapeutic alternative for those who cannot respond to other medicines used in the treatment of osteoarthritis, such as physical therapy, acetaminophen, and other drugs that are supposed to provide relief from pain. Orthovisc works by providing lubrication in the knee to enhance the flow of synovial fluid which can help patients have increased mobility.
Information you should know
People who suffer from allergies especially to poultry and bird products, even eggs, should not take Orthovisc. Also because certain medical conditions currently present in the body of the patient, it is advisable to not use Orthovisc if: the site of the injection has skin infections, the patient is pregnant or breast-feeding, or are taking any other medications. Although there is currently no data done on pregnant women taking Orthovisc, it is still advisable to be precautious and discuss this with your doctor.
You must discuss with your doctor all medicines and vitamins you are currently taking prior to taking Orthovisc. It may also have some common side effects. Since the medicine comes in the form of injections, the site of the injection may have an external reaction to the medicine such as redness, irritation, temporary knee inflammation, or mild bruising. These side effects are normal, but contact your doctor if they persist or increase in severity.
One major severe possible side effect is an intense allergic reaction. If this happens, contact your doctor immediately. Allergic reactions to Orthovisc are the same as the symptoms of other allergies: patients might experience difficulty breathing, rashes, swelling of body parts especially in the upper body, and hives.
Directions for Taking Orthovisc
Only take the medicine after consultation with your doctor. Do not take more than what is prescribed, or for a longer period of time. The typical dosage is 20 to 30 mg a week, each being one week apart. After a total of 5 injections, patients should begin to see major improvements in their situation. Make sure that the area of injection is clean and the skin does not have any rashes or infections. Since it is injected into the joint, expect temporary inflammation and swelling, but this should go away. Patients who take Orthovisc should also refrain from any laborious or strenuous activity such as jogging, lifting weights, or playing any sports for 48 hours after the medicine has been administered. It is best to rest right after. Poisoning may occur as a result of overdose; if such happens, contact your physician or seek medical attention immediately.