Background Although Paracetamol and NSAIDs are commonly prescribed for the patients with osteoarthritis, gastrointestinal, hepatic and renal toxicity limit their usage. Herbal medicine is wide spread and presents a large source that might serve for development of novel drugs. Rumalaya Forte (RF) is one such poly herbal formulation prescribed to osteoarthritic patients for years. Several clinical studies have been undertaken with Rumalaya forte.
Objectives This randomized, double-blinded, placebo controlled study tried to evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety of Rumalaya forte to patients suffering from HOA.
Methods All the patients with clinical and radiological evidence of HOA were randomized into 2 groups of 20 patients each (Rumalaya forte and acetaminophen groups). Clinical evaluation was done at baseline and after the completion of six weeks, using a visual analogue scale for pain and morning stiffness and a hand function test with short administration time, the Moberg Picking-Up Test (MPUT). Were recorded all the adverse events.
Results The treatment groups were comparable in terms of baseline characteristics. After 6 weeks of treatment RF decreased the pain by 31.7% and acetaminophen by 25.8%. Morning stiffness decreased by 37.2% in RF group and by 30.5% in the other treatment group. RF was significantly superior to acetaminophen in improving hand function (better times to 6 weeks MPUT, 12.3 sec.vs 14.8 sec.). There were no clinically significant adverse events in both groups.
Conclusions RF was more effective as acetaminophen in improving hand osteoarthritis symptoms and increased joint mobility and strength to HOA patients.
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Disclosure of Interest None declared