While rheumatoid arthritis cannot be cured, there are many drugs that can relieve pain by diminishing joint inflammation. They are listed below in this patient education guide.
Treatment used to start with anti-inflammatory agents. However, the thinking now is to begin early with more aggressive therapy to delay joint damage with increased pain.
Of course, your treatment plan will be is specific to you. Side effects and warnings should be discussed with your doctor and taken into consideration when taking rheumatoid arthritis medications.
|Class/Type||How it Works||Associated Drugs|
|DMARDs - Disease Modifying Antirheumatic drugs||
|Slows the progress of RA, saving joints and other tissues from permanent damage.|
|Controls the immune system.|
|NSAIDs: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs||
|Decreases inflammation and pain.|
|Decreases inflammation and pain. Slows joint damage.|
|Target Agents: (Biologics)||
|Inhibits various inflammatory substances made by your body.|
|Inhibitor works against the production of tumor necrosis factor-alpha, an inflammatory agent produced by your body, to decrease morning stiffness, pain, and swollen tender joints within two weeks of treatment.|
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