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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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  • Raloxifene

    Raloxifene is used to treat spinal osteoporosis in post-menopausal women.

  • Rituximab

    Rituximab is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, vasculitis and dermatomyositis. In this section we explain how rituximab works, what you should expect from the treatment and what the possible side-effects are.

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