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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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  • Teriparatide and parathyroid hormone

    Teriparatide is similar to a hormone that is produced naturally in the body which helps new bone formation.

  • Tocilizumab

    Tocilizumab is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). In this section we explain how tocilizumab works, what you should expect from the treatment and what the possible side-effects are.

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