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Arthritis Drugs

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.

 


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