Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Below is a listing of treatments and therapies for rheumatoid arthritis. Click on one to read more information or connect with others currently using it.

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  • Actemra (Tocilizumab)

    Overview

    Actemra, also known by its drug name, Tocilizumab, is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010 for adults with moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis tha... read more

  • Acthar Gel (Repository corticotropin hormone)

    Overview

    Acthar Gel is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat conditions including multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus. Acthar Gel is also ... read more

  • Advil (Ibuprofen)

    Overview

    Advil is an over-the-counter medication used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. It is also known as Ibuprofen (the name of the drug) and Motrin (an additional brand name). Stronger doses of Adv... read more

  • Aleve (Naproxen)

    Overview

    Aleve is an over-the-counter medication used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. It is also known by its drug name, Naproxen. Stronger doses of Naproxen are available by prescription. Aleve is u... read more

  • Amjevita (Adalimumab-atto)

    Overview
    Amjevita is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reduce signs and symptoms, inhibit disease progression, and improve function in adults with moderately to se... read more

  • Aralen (Chloroquine)

    Overview
    Aralen is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat malaria. Aralen is also prescribed off-label to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Aralen may be referred to by its d... read more

  • Arava (Leflunomide)

    Overview

    Arava, also known by its drug name, Leflunomide, is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1998 to treat joint pain, swelling, and stiffness associated with ... read more

  • Arthrodesis

    Overview

    In cases of advanced rheumatoid arthritis (RA), joints may be destroyed or badly eroded. Medication or corrective surgery may no longer help. In these cases, arthrodesis, or joint fusion surgery, ca... read more

  • Arthroplasty

    Overview

    Surgery can significantly improve function and relieve pain in cases when rheumatoid arthritis (RA) becomes very severe. Arthroplasty, or joint replacement, involves replacing some or all of the bon... read more

  • Aspirin

    Overview
    Aspirin is an over-the-counter medication used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. Aspirin is sold under the brand name Bayer.

    Aspirin is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is b... read more

  • Azasan (Azathioprine)

    Overview

    Azasan is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1968 to help prevent rejection in people who had kidney transplants. More recently, it has been used to trea... read more

  • Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine)

    Overview

    Azulfidine, also known by its drug name, Sulfasalazine, is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1950. It is prescribed to decrease pain and swelling associ... read more

  • Celebrex (Celecoxib)

    Overview

    Celebrex is a prescription medication that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1998 to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. It is also known by its drug name, Celecoxib. Celebr... read more

  • Cimzia (Certolizumab pegol)

    Overview

    Cimzia is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis in adults 18 years and older. Cimzia may be prescribed alo... read more

  • Complementary therapies

    Overview

    Many people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) choose to incorporate non-traditional therapies into their treatment plan. These treatments may be in addition to (complementary) or instead of (alternativ... read more

  • Cuprimine (Penicillamine)

    Overview
    Cuprimine is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of severe, active rheumatoid arthritis in people who have not responded to conventional trea... read more

  • Cytoxan (Cyclophosphamide)

    Overview

    Cytoxan, also known by its drug name, Cyclophosphamide, is a prescription medication originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating cancer in 1959. Cytoxan may be prescri... read more

  • Depen (Penicillamine)

    Overview
    Depen is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of severe, active rheumatoid arthritis in people who have not responded to conventional treatmen... read more

  • Dynacin (Minocycline)

    Overview

    Dynacin is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more than 40 years ago for the treatment of infections. Dynacin may be prescribed to help control symptoms and... read more

  • Enbrel (Etanercept)

    Overview

    Enbrel, also known by its drug name, Etanercept, is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1998 for people with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis that ... read more

  • Erelzi (Etanercept-szzs)

    Overview
    Erelzi is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reduce signs and symptoms, inhibit disease progression, and improve function in people with moderately to seve... read more

  • Exercise

    Overview

    In recent years, many studies have proven that various types of physical activity not only promote general health in people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but can actually help manage a variety of ... read more

  • Humira (Adalimumab)

    Overview
    Humira is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. Humira may be prescribed alone or in addition to co... read more

  • Ibuprofen

    Overview

    Ibuprofen is an over-the-counter medication used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. It is sold under the brand names Motrin and Advil. Stronger doses of Ibuprofen are available by prescription.... read more

  • Imuran (Azathioprine)

    Overview
    Imuran is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1968 to help prevent rejection in people who had kidney transplants. More recently, it has been used to treat ... read more

  • Inflectra (Infliximab-dyyb)

    Overview
    Inflectra is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis in combination with Methotrexate. Infl... read more

  • Kineret (Anakinra)

    Overview
    Kineret is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration
    to treat moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in adults who have not improved on other disease-modifying ant... read more

  • Medrol (Methylprednisolone)

    Overview

    Medrol is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat inflammation. It is also known by its drug name, Methylprednisolone. Medrol is used to control pain, s... read more

  • Methotrexate

    Overview

    Methotrexate, sold under the brand names Trexall and Rheumatrex, is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1988 for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Methot... read more

  • Minocin (Minocycline)

    Overview
    Minocin, is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more than 40 years ago for the treatment of infections. Minocin may be prescribed to help control symptoms and ... read more

  • Mobic (Meloxicam)

    Overview
    Mobic is a prescription medication that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration
    (FDA) to treat adult rheumatoid arthritis as well as juvenile arthritis in children who weigh at least 60 kil... read more

  • Neoral (Cyclosporine)

    Overview
    Neoral is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in1983 to help prevent organ rejection in people who have received transplants. More recently, Neoral has been us... read more

  • Occupational therapy

    Overview

    Occupational therapy is focused on maintaining and improving the ability to engage in daily activities, whether self-care, paid work or leisure pursuits. An occupational therapist can help people wi... read more

  • Orencia (Abatacept)

    Overview

    Orencia, also known by its drug name, Abatacept, is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2005. Orencia is approved as second-line treatment in cases of mod... read more

  • Physical therapy

    Overview

    From the early stages of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to advanced stages of the disease, physical therapy can help delay disability and preserve your quality of life. A physical therapist will focus on... read more

  • Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine)

    Overview

    Plaquenil is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1955. Plaquenil is prescribed to treat inflammation in people with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and other ... read more

  • Prednisone

    Overview

    Prednisone is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the 1950s. Prednisone is used to control pain, swelling, stiffness and disease progression in rheumatoid... read more

  • Remicade (Infliximab)

    Overview
    Remicade is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis. Remicade may be referred to by its dru... read more

  • Renflexis (Infliximab-abda)

    Overview
    Renflexis is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis in adults. Remsima is indicated for use in combination with M... read more

  • Rheumatrex (Methotrexate)

    Overview

    Rheumatrex, also known as Methotrexate (drug name) and Trexall (alternative brand name), is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1988 for treatment of rheu... read more

  • Rituxan (Rituximab)

    Overview
    Rituxan, also known by its drug name, Rituximab, is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006. Rituxan is approved for treatment of moderate to severe rheuma... read more

  • Sandimmune (Cyclosporine)

    Overview
    Sandimmune is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1983 to help prevent organ rejection in people who have received transplants. More recently, Sandimmune ha... read more

  • Simponi (Golimumab)

    Overview

    Simponi, also known by its drug name, Golimumab, is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2009 for adults with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. Simp... read more

  • Supplements

    Overview

    Like everyone else, people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) feel their best when they receive nutrients such as vitamins and minerals in proper proportions. Due to disease activity and the side effect... read more

  • Synovectomy

    Overview

    The synovium is a very thin layer of cells that lines each joint. In rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the synovium can become inflamed, causing overgrowth, pain and swelling. In turn, the inflamed synoviu... read more

  • Tendon repair

    Overview

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can weaken tendons, causing tearing. You may not notice the damage at first, but it can cause pain, numbness, weakness, and joint dysfunction as it worsens. In severe cases... read more

  • Trexall (Methotrexate)

    Overview

    Trexall, also known as Methotrexate (drug name) and Rheumatrex (alternative brand name), is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1988 for treatment of rheu... read more

  • Tylenol (Acetaminophen)

    Overview
    Tylenol is available over the counter as treatment for minor aches and pains. Tylenol may be referred to by the drug name Acetaminophen.

    Tylenol is an analgesic (pain reliever) and antipyretic (fe... read more

  • Voltaren (Diclofenac)

    Overview
    Voltaren is a prescription medication that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration
    (FDA) to treat the symptoms of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. Voltaren ... read more

  • Xeljanz (Tofacitinib)

    Overview

    Xeljanz is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis in adults who have not responded adequately to Methotrexate. ... read more

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