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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
Acthar C N 1 review
10

Generic name: corticotropin systemic

Drug class: corticotropin

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

aspirin N N X 2 reviews
10

Generic name: aspirin systemic

Brand names:  Arthritis Pain, Aspergum, Aspiritab, Aspirtab, Bayer Aspirin, Easprin, Ecotrin, Ecpirin, Entercote, Fasprin, Genacote, Halfprin, Norwich Aspirin …show all

Drug class: salicylates, platelet aggregation inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

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

auranofin C N 2 reviews
10

Generic name: auranofin systemic

Brand name:  Ridaura

Drug class: antirheumatics

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

IBU C N X 1 review
10

Generic name: ibuprofen systemic

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Lodine XL C N X Add review
10

Generic name: etodolac systemic

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Orudis C N X Add review
10

Generic name: ketoprofen systemic

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Ridaura C N 2 reviews
10

Generic name: auranofin systemic

Drug class: antirheumatics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Absorbine Jr. N N 1 review
9.0

Generic name: methyl salicylate topical

For consumers: 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

Aristospan C N 1 review
9.0

Generic name: triamcinolone systemic

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

corticotropin C N 2 reviews
9.0

Generic name: corticotropin systemic

Brand names:  Acthar, H.P. Acthar Gel

Drug class: corticotropin

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

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

Depo-Medrol C N 1 review
9.0

Generic name: methylprednisolone systemic

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

fenoprofen D N X 1 review
9.0

Generic name: fenoprofen systemic

Brand names:  Fenortho, Nalfon, ProFeno

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

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

ketoprofen C N X 2 reviews
9.0

Generic name: ketoprofen systemic

Brand names:  Orudis, Orudis KT, Oruvail

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

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

Lorcet 10 / 650 Off Label C 2 X 1 review
9.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / hydrocodone systemic

Drug class: narcotic analgesic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

Lortab Off Label C 2 X 6 reviews
9.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / hydrocodone systemic

Drug class: narcotic analgesic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

Medrol Dosepak C N 1 review
9.0

Generic name: methylprednisolone systemic

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

methyl salicylate N N 2 reviews
9.0

Generic name: methyl salicylate topical

Brand names:  Absorbine Jr., Analgesic Balm Greaseless, Arthricare Cream, Boroleum, Castiva Cooling, Eucalyptamint, Exocaine Plus, Flex-All 454 Maximum Strength, Gordogesic, Mentholatum Deep Heating, Rhuli Gel, Salonpas Pain Patch, Satogesic …show all

Drug class: topical rubefacient

For consumers: interactions,

Orudis KT C N X 1 review
9.0

Generic name: ketoprofen systemic

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Otrexup X N X 1 review
9.0

Generic name: methotrexate systemic

Drug class: antimetabolites, antirheumatics, antipsoriatics, other immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Tolectin DS C N X 1 review
9.0

Generic name: tolmetin systemic

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

tolmetin C N X 1 review
9.0

Generic name: tolmetin systemic

Brand names:  Tolectin 600, Tolectin DS

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

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

Vicodin Off Label C 2 X 8 reviews
9.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / hydrocodone systemic

Drug class: narcotic analgesic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: 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

Celebrex C N 17 reviews
8.0

Generic name: celecoxib systemic

Drug class: cox-2 inhibitors

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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