What is Hyaluronic acid used for?
Hyaluronic acid is an injection that is used to relieve knee pain caused by knee osteoarthritis (OA). It works by creating a buffer between the joints and lubricating them. Hyaluronic acid is a viscous gel that contains Hyaluronic acid (HA), a molecule that occurs naturally and helps to cushion the joints.
It’s used when pain relievers and other medications are not effective. It is not safe to use if you have blood clots or problems with circulation.
Frequently Asked Questions About Hyaluronic acid
Your Durolane dose is injected by your doctor. They will advise you on when the medication will take effect and when you can engage in vigorous activity. This treatment can be repeated if necessary. Your doctor may provide a local anesthetic and the process takes about 10-15 minutes.
Inform your doctor if you have poultry allergies as the raw materials may come from animals. There may be mild pain and swelling after the injection. Call your doctor if the pain is severe or if it persists for longer than a week.
Hyaluronic acid has known side effects. This is not a complete list and includes frequently reported adverse events. Report side effects to your doctor or pharmacist if they are severe or you need help managing them.
- Swelling or redness in the joints
- Difficulty with moving
- muscle pain or stiffness
- pain in the joints
- Bleeding, blistering, burning, coldness, discoloration of the skin, feeling of pressure, hives, infection, inflammation, itching, lumps, numbness, pain, rash, redness, scarring, soreness, stinging, swelling, tenderness, tingling, ulceration, or warmth at the injection site
It is important to disclose all your current medications with your doctor to prevent allergic reactions or adverse interactions. They may have to make a decision if the interaction is worth the benefit of using either drug or if your therapeutic regime needs to be changed. Your doctor or pharmacist can advise you if anything you take interacts with Durolane
DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is intended to provide basic information on this medication and is not intended to replace the medical advice provided by a certified medical professional. Any prescription drug use needs to be approved by your doctor. Do not avoid or ignore any advice provided by your physician in favor of what is written here. Always consult with a pharmacist or doctor before taking this medication and seek counselling if you have any questions or concerns about your medication.