Many different drugs are used for the treatment of Arthritis.
Different forms of Arthritis are treated with different drugs and drugs
for one type of Arthritis may not be applicable for the others.
There are no drugs present for certain for Rheumatoid
Arthritis and hence no cure for the disease. Analgesics like Paracetamol,
Dihydrocodeine etc. serving as painkillers are used to control symptoms
like pain and inflammation by reducing pain swelling and stiffness and
hence to bring out a temporary relief.
Whereas other arthritis drugs are used in order to cure
Arthritis permanently and these drugs may be prescribed in combination
with other drugs.
Examples of such drugs are Sulphasalazine, Cyclosporin,
Antibiotics etc. These drugs should be given by mouth or by slow release
preparation termed as retard which involves gradual absorption
of the drug into the body rather than all at once.
Certain gels or creams may also be prescribed in
order to bring relief from pain or inflammation from arthritis. The arthritis
drugs taken should be supervised since some drugs if taken excessively
tend to damage the inner lining of the stomach and may thus cause bleeding.
If the drug is not affecting you positively then you should
consult you health care professional so that he may alter your dose or
review the medication. Moreover some drugs demand regular checks so that
the drug may be if necessary at an early stage before it causes much damage.
For example drugs like methotrexate, azathioprine etc. can
affect the blood and hence patients opting for these drugs need to have
their blood checked regularly. Different drugs have different requirements
and work differently.
Hence it is strongly advised that you check with your doctor
before taking any form of medication. Some arthritis drugs do not work
immediately and produce beneficial effects over a period of time. In such
cases you should not panic and get advise from your health care professional.