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Medications for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Other names: Arthritis; Arthritis, Rheumatoid; RA

About 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.

Drugs Used to Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis

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

Drug name Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
A-G Profen C N X Add review Rate

Generic name: ibuprofen systemic

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

abatacept C N 30 reviews
6.0

Generic name: abatacept systemic

Brand name:  Orencia

Drug class: antirheumatics, selective immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

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

Absorbine Jr. N N 1 review
9.0

Generic name: methyl salicylate topical

For consumers: interactions, side effects

acetaminophen / aspirin N N X Add review Rate

Generic name: acetaminophen / aspirin systemic

Drug class: analgesic combinations

For consumers: interactions,

acetaminophen / hydrocodone Off Label C 2 X 29 reviews
7.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / hydrocodone systemic

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

Drug class: narcotic analgesic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

acetaminophen / tramadol Off Label C 4 X 3 reviews
8.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / tramadol systemic

Drug class: narcotic analgesic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

Actemra C N 18 reviews
7.0

Generic name: tocilizumab systemic

Drug class: interleukin inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Acthar C N 1 review
10

Generic name: corticotropin systemic

Drug class: corticotropin

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Actiprofen C N X Add review Rate

Generic name: ibuprofen systemic

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

adalimumab B N 106 reviews
6.0

Generic name: adalimumab systemic

Brand names:  Humira, Amjevita, Cyltezo

Drug class: antirheumatics, TNF alfa inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

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

Addaprin C N X Add review Rate

Generic name: ibuprofen systemic

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Advil C N X 1 review
6.0

Generic name: ibuprofen systemic

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Aflaxen C N X Add review Rate

Generic name: naproxen systemic

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

alemtuzumab Off Label C N Add review Rate

Generic name: alemtuzumab systemic

Drug class: CD52 monoclonal antibodies

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

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

Off Label: Yes

Aleve C N X 6 reviews
7.0

Generic name: naproxen systemic

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

All Day Pain Relief C N X Add review Rate

Generic name: naproxen systemic

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

All Day Relief C N X Add review Rate

Generic name: naproxen systemic

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Amjevita B N Add review Rate

Generic name: adalimumab systemic

Drug class: antirheumatics, TNF alfa inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

anakinra B N 1 review
9.0

Generic name: anakinra systemic

Brand name:  Kineret

Drug class: antirheumatics, interleukin inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

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

Analgesic Balm Greaseless N N Add review Rate

Generic name: methyl salicylate topical

Drug class: topical rubefacient

For consumers: interactions, side effects

Anaprox C N X Add review Rate

Generic name: naproxen systemic

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Anaprox-DS C N X Add review Rate

Generic name: naproxen systemic

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Anexsia Off Label C 2 X Add review Rate

Generic name: acetaminophen / hydrocodone systemic

Drug class: narcotic analgesic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Off Label: Yes

Ansaid C N X 1 review
6.0

Generic name: flurbiprofen systemic

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Arava X N X 22 reviews
6.0

Generic name: leflunomide systemic

Drug class: antirheumatics, selective immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: 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 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 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 in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act Schedule
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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