Which medications are used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

Updated: Feb 07, 2020
  • Author: Howard R Smith, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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In 2008, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) developed recommendations and algorithms for the use of nonbiologic and biologic DMARDs for patients with RA [68] ; an updated version was published in April 2012. [4]

Once a diagnosis is made, the main treatment goals are to control disease activity and slow the rate of joint damage, in addition to minimizing pain, stiffness, inflammation, and complications. Pharmacologic therapies that are used include nonbiologic and biologic DMARDs and adjunctive agents such as corticosteroids, NSAIDs, and analgesics.


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