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Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Medications

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What are the different types of rheumatoid arthritis medicines?

Rheumatoid arthritis responds most effectively to treatment when it is initiated early. It is then easier to treat and easier to respond to treatments. Medications used to treat rheumatoid arthritis range from nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs such as Mobic [meloxicam], Voltaren [diclofenac], and Celebrex [celecoxib]) and cortisone drugs (such as Deltasone [prednisone]) to disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), including antimalarials (such as Plaquenil [hydroxychloroquine]), Rheumatrex, Trexall (methotrexate), Azulfidine (sulfasalazine), Imuran (azathioprine), Arava (leflunomide), and Sandimmune (cyclosporine).

Newer biologic treatments include Enbrel (etanercept), Remicade (infliximab), Humira (adalimumab), Rituxan (rituximab), Simponi (golimumab), Cimzia (certolizumab), Orencia (abatacept), Actemra (tocilizumab), and Xeljanz (tofacitinib).

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/18/2014



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