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) to treat adults with moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis that h... 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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

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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

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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)

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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)

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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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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 ha... read more

Erelzi (Etanercept-szzs)

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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

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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)

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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)

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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

Kevzara (Sarilumab)

Overview
Kevzara is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat adults with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis. Kevzara may be prescribed in cases when... read more

Kineret (Anakinra)

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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)

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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

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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

Nutrition

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Everyone feels their best when they consistently eat a healthy, balanced diet. For people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), nutrition can help you combat inflammation, manage your weight, and avoid deve... read more

Occupational therapy

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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

Otrexup (Methotrexate)

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Otrexup is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat certain adults with severe, active rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Otrexup may be prescribed in cases where non-st... read more

Physical therapy

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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)

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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

Rasuvo (Methotrexate)

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Rasuvo is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat adults with severe, active rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Rasuvo may be prescribed in cases where first-line thera... 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

Remsima (Infliximab)

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Remsima is a prescription medication approved by the European Medicines Agency for the treatment of severe, active, progressive rheumatoid arthritis in adults. Remsima is indicated for use in combinat... read more

Renflexis (Infliximab-abda)

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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

Simponi Aria (Golimumab)

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Simponi Aria is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat adults with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis in combination with 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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