Written by Courtney Salinas
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Recent problems with the way COX-2 inhibitors work have caused many people suffering from arthritis to seek alternative medicines. Vioxx, a COX-2 inhibitor, was recently pulled from the market by its producers. This move has created a stir and has caused some patients to look to replace all COX-2 inhibitors instead of just moving on to another like Celebrex.

Nexrutine As An Alternative

Nexrutine is a COX-2 inhibitor alternative that has some of the natural qualities that prescription wary patients are looking for. Nexrutine is a plant extract from the phellodendron tree. For over 1500 years, Asian medicine has been tapping the phellodendron tree for medicinal purposes.

The extract from the phellodendron tree is an anti-inflammatory that serves as a natural pain manager. Nexrutine has a unique ability to prevent enzymes from causing inflammation. This is done without interfering with the enzymes that maintain stomach-lining health. This is a concern for arthritis sufferers, since medicines like aspirin are known to cause gastrointestinal distress. So far, studies conducted by Next Pharmaceuticals, Inc. the producer of Nexrutine, have revealed no serious side effects.

Nexrutine has also been tested for the problems caused by COX-2 inhibitors. Tests suggest that Nexrutine does not cause platelets to aggregate which leads to blood clotting, which could lead to a heart attack or stroke. Vioxx was singled out for causing greater risks of heart attack and stroke. Nexrutine can be a safe alternative for those who worry about cardiovascular problems in relation to their arthritis medication.

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