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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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  • Steroid injections

    Steroid injections can be a rapid and effective treatment for joint pain and inflammation, although the improvement is usually temporary. These injections have been tested and have helped many people. However, as with all drugs some people will have side-effects. These pages set out what you need to know.

  • Steroid tablets

    Steroid tablets are used to rapidly control inflammation for patients with many different kinds of rheumatological conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR). However, as with all drugs some people will have side-effects. These pages set out what you need to know.

  • Strontium ranelate

    Strontium ranelate reduces the risk of spine and hip fractures in people with low bone density.

  • Sulfasalazine

    Sulfasalazine is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and arthritis associated with bowel inflammation. In this section we explain how sulfasalazine works, what you should expect from the treatment and what the possible side-effects are.

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