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A smiling doctor discussing drug medications with her patient

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.

Browse by letter for a drug


  • Calcitonin

    Calcitonin is used as a short-term treatment to help prevent bone loss if you're immobilised after an osteoporotic fracture.

  • Calcium and Vitamin D

    Calcium and vitamin D supplements may be prescribed as part of the treatment for osteoporosis.

  • Certolizumab Pegol

    Certolizumab pegol is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and axial spondyloarthritis (including ankylosing spondylitis). In this section we explain how certolizumab pegol works and what the risks and benefits are.

  • Ciclosporin

    Ciclosporin should effectively treat rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or psoriatic arthritis, and prevent joint damage. It has been tested 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.

  • Cyclophosphamide

    Cyclophosphamide is used to treat lupus, vasculitis and myositis. It's occasionally used for severe rheumatoid arthritis. In this section we explain how cyclophosphamide works, what you should expect from treatment and what the possible side-effects are.

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