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Medications for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Drugs associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis

The following drugs and medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic (long-term) inflammatory disease that primarily affects the joints and surrounding tissues, but can also affect other organ systems.

Drug name Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
methotrexate Rx X N X 58 reviews
7.0

Generic name: methotrexate systemic

Brand names:  Rheumatrex Dose Pack, Trexall, Otrexup, Rasuvo

Drug class: antimetabolites, antirheumatics, antipsoriatics, other immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
prednisone Rx C N 23 reviews
8.0

Generic name: prednisone systemic

Brand names:  Prednicot, Rayos, Sterapred, Sterapred DS

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
meloxicam Rx C N X 27 reviews
6.0

Generic name: meloxicam systemic

Brand name:  Mobic

Drug class: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
hydroxychloroquine Rx N N 61 reviews
6.0

Generic name: hydroxychloroquine systemic

Brand name:  Plaquenil

Drug class: antirheumatics, antimalarial quinolines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
sulfasalazine Rx B N 15 reviews
6.0

Generic name: sulfasalazine systemic

Brand names:  Sulfazine, Azulfidine, Azulfidine EN-tabs

Drug class: sulfonamides, 5-aminosalicylates

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
leflunomide Rx X N X 31 reviews
7.0

Generic name: leflunomide systemic

Brand name:  Arava

Drug class: antirheumatics, selective immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
naproxen Rx/OTC C N X 17 reviews
7.0

Generic name: naproxen systemic

Brand names:  Aleve, Naprosyn, Naprelan, Aflaxen, All Day Pain Relief, All Day Relief, Anaprox, Anaprox-DS, EC-Naprosyn, Flanax Pain Reliever, Leader Naproxen Sodium, Midol Extended Relief

Drug class: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
acetaminophen / hydrocodone Off Label Rx C 2 X 22 reviews
8.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / hydrocodone systemic

Brand names:  Vicodin, Norco, Lortab, Anexsia, Co-Gesic, Dolacet, Dolagesic, Hycet, Hydrocet, Liquicet, Lorcet 10 / 650, Lorcet Plus, Maxidone, Stagesic, Theracodophen Low 90, Vicodin ES, Vicodin HP, Xodol, Zamicet, Zolvit, Zydone

Drug class: narcotic analgesic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
diclofenac Rx D N X 26 reviews
7.0

Generic name: diclofenac systemic

Brand names:  Voltaren, Voltaren-XR, Cataflam

Drug class: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
ibuprofen Rx/OTC C N X 4 reviews
7.0

Generic name: ibuprofen systemic

Brand names:  Motrin, Advil, IBU, A-G Profen, Actiprofen, Addaprin, Genpril, Haltran, Ibu-4, Ibu-6, Ibu-8, IBU-200, Ibu-Tab, Midol IB, Motrin IB, Nuprin, Proprinal, Q-Profen

Drug class: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
aspirin Rx/OTC N N X 2 reviews
10

Generic name: aspirin systemic

Brand names:  Arthritis Pain, Aspergum, Aspiritab, Bayer Aspirin, Buffasal, Bufferin Low Dose, Ecotrin, Ecpirin, Fasprin, Halfprin, Medi-Seltzer, ZORprin

Drug class: salicylates, platelet aggregation inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
nabumetone Rx C N X 7 reviews
5.0

Generic name: nabumetone systemic

Brand name:  Relafen

Drug class: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
etodolac Rx C N X 1 review
8.0

Generic name: etodolac systemic

Brand names:  Lodine, Lodine XL

Drug class: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
atorvastatin Off Label Rx X N Add review
3.0

Generic name: atorvastatin systemic

Drug class: statins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
celecoxib Rx C N 16 reviews
7.0

Generic name: celecoxib systemic

Brand name:  Celebrex

Drug class: cox-2 inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
etanercept Rx B N 74 reviews
8.0

Generic name: etanercept systemic

Brand name:  Enbrel

Drug class: antirheumatics, TNF alfa inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

 
indomethacin Rx C N X 3 reviews
7.0

Generic name: indomethacin systemic

Brand names:  Indocin, Indocin IV, Indocin SR

Drug class: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
tocilizumab Rx C N 8 reviews
8.0

Generic name: tocilizumab systemic

Brand name:  Actemra

Drug class: interleukin inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

 
adalimumab Rx B N 83 reviews
7.0

Generic name: adalimumab systemic

Brand name:  Humira

Drug class: antirheumatics, TNF alfa inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

 
azathioprine Rx D N 3 reviews
4.0

Generic name: azathioprine systemic

Brand names:  Imuran, Azasan

Drug class: antirheumatics, other immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
doxycycline Off Label Rx D N X 1 review
8.0

Generic name: doxycycline systemic

Brand names:  Morgidox, Ocudox

Drug class: tetracyclines, miscellaneous antimalarials

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
methylprednisolone Rx C N 8 reviews
8.0

Generic name: methylprednisolone systemic

Brand names:  Medrol, A-Methapred, Depo-Medrol, Medrol Dosepak, Methylpred DP, MethylPREDNISolone Dose Pack, Solu-Medrol

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
piroxicam Rx C N X 5 reviews
8.0

Generic name: piroxicam systemic

Brand name:  Feldene

Drug class: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
sulindac Rx C N X 2 reviews
8.0

Generic name: sulindac systemic

Brand name:  Clinoril

Drug class: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
triamcinolone Rx C N 4 reviews
10

Generic name: triamcinolone systemic

Brand names:  Kenalog-40, Aristospan, Clinacort, Kenalog-10

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
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Topics under Rheumatoid Arthritis

Alternative treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis

The following products are considered to be alternative treatments or natural remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Their efficacy may not have been scientifically tested to the same degree as the drugs listed in the table above. However there may be historical, cultural or anecdotal evidence linking their use to the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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Off Label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
Prescription Only / Over the Counter
Rx Prescription Only
OTC Over the Counter
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter
Pregnancy
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act Schedule
N The drug is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 The drug has a high potential for abuse. The drug has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug under medical supervision.
2 The drug has a high potential for abuse. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse of the drug may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 The drug has a potential for abuse less than the drugs in schedules 1 and 2. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse of the drug may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 The drug has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs in schedule 3. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse of the drug may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs in schedule 3.
5 The drug has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs in schedule 4. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse of the drug may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

Synonym(s): Arthritis; Arthritis, Rheumatoid; RA

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