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Drugs

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.

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  • Ibuprofen

    Ibuprofen is widely available over the counter, as tablets or gels. We explain how it can help with pain and what the possible side-effects are.

  • Iloprost

    Iloprost should effectively treat circulatory problems, such as ulcers associated with scleroderma. 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.

  • Infliximab

    Infliximab should effectively treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and occasionally severe ankylosing spondylitis, stopping those conditions causing 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.

  • Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg)

    Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) is used to treat polymyositis and dermatomyositis, and occasionally lupus, adult-onset Still’s disease, vasculitis and antiphospholipid syndrome. In this section we explain how IVIg works, what you should expect from the treatment and what the possible side-effects are.

For more information, go to www.arthritisresearchuk.org.
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