Different types of arthritis are treated with different drugs. Drugs are given to improve the symptoms and, where possible, to slow or halt the progress of the condition.
Depending on your type of arthritis your doctor may need to give you a combination of one or more specific drugs to deal with the disease itself, as well as more general drugs to help you with the pain, stiffness or inflammation that are the symptoms.
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Calcium and Vitamin D
Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs)
Drugs for osteoporosis
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg)
Local steroid injections
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
Teriparatide and parathyroid hormone
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Abatacept is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. In this section we explain how abatacept works, what you should expect from the treatment and what the possible side-effects are.
Adalimumab is used to treat people with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, and children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). In this section we explain how adalimumab works, what you should expect from treatment and what the possible side-effects are.
Allopurinol is used to treat gout. In this section we explain how allopurinol works, what you should expect from the treatment and what the possible side-effects are.
Amitriptyline is used to treat chronic (long-term) pain caused by arthritis, spinal problems, fibromyalgia, chronic headaches and peripheral neuropathy. We explain how amitriptyline works, what you should expect from the treatment and what the possible side-effects are.
Aspirin is widely available over the counter and can be used to relieve mild to moderate pain. We explain what you can expect from aspirin and what the possible side-effects are.
Azathioprine should help treat rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. It has been in use for many years and has helped many people. However, as with all drugs some people will have side-effects. These pages set out what you need to know.