Two out of five patients with arthritis take complementary medicines

Fish oil tops the list but glucosamine use has dwindled

Many Australians with inflammatory arthritis take complementary medicines but usage patterns have changed over the past two decades, data shows.

Analysis of data from 4425 patients in the Australian Rheumatology Association database (ARAD) covering the period 2001 to 2018 shows 43% of patients were using complementary medicines when they enrolled.

Indication made little difference, with 30-40% of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis taking either omega-3 fish oil, herbs or supplements, according to a poster