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)
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
Teriparatide and parathyroid hormone
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Gold injections are used to treat auto-immune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. In this section we explain how gold injections work, what you should expect from the treatment and what the possible side-effects are.
Golimumab should effectively treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, 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 will set out what you need to know.