There are a few types of medicine that can be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA). They focus on lowering inflammation due to RA. This can ease pain and swelling. The medicines can slow the progress of the disease and joint and organ damage.

The treatment of RA begins with methotrexate. This medicine is called a disease modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD). DMARDs help ease the symptoms of RA. They may also reduce inflammation in other organs due to RA. This can prevent damage to organs such as the heart, lungs, and eyes.

Your doctor will check on your treatment every one to three months.  Based on how well methotrexate works for you, your doctor may raise your dose or add another DMARD to your treatment. You may also have to take a steroid for a short time. Sometimes people may even need other types of medicine to treat RA. Here are the main types of medicine that treat RA.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Medications*Medications listed as generic name (brand name)

The medicines you take and their dosage depends on how they make you feel. Be sure to tell your doctor about your joint symptoms. The goal is to control the pain and swelling . You may also need regular blood tests while taking some of these medicines. All these factors will help you and your doctor make the treatment decisions that are right for you.

Medicine helps control your RA and keeps damage at bay!