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
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Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg)
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
Teriparatide and parathyroid hormone
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Denosumab increases bone mass and strength by limiting the activity of cells that break down old bone.
Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) act by altering the underlying disease rather than treating symptoms. There are two types: conventional DMARDs and biological therapies.
There are many drugs used to treat osteoporosis. In this section we explain how these drugs work, what you should expect when you have them and what the possible side-effects are.