Rheumatoid Arthritis

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis is a disabling type of arthritis in which there is inflammation in the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. Symptoms include joint pain, swelling, and stiffness.

Common drug classes used to treat rheumatoid arthritis are aminosalicylates, antirheumatics, antifolates, antimetabolites, NSAID / prostaglandin combinations, NSAID / proton pump inhibitor combinations, NSAIDs, corticosteroids, CNI immunosuppressants, CD20 antibodies, CTLA-4 agonists, interleukin antagonists, and TNF blockers.

Savings Tips for Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Voltaren Gel: Behold the Awesomeness

    November 27, 2013

    Voltaren 1% gel has a huge fan base, rightly so. Voltaren 1% gel (topical diclofenac) works as well as anti-inflammatory pills for hand and knee pain due to arthritis, with way fewer side effects. Let’s get this straight. Yep, results from 34 studies were reviewed and the topical anti-inflammatory Voltaren gel alleviated pain in the hands or knees more often than oral NSAIDS (ibuprofen, advil, naproxen as examples). See More

  • Dropped by Insurance: Will Your Pain Prescriptions Be Covered in 2014?

    November 20, 2013

    Express Scripts and Caremark have removed certain medications from their formulary starting in January 2014. These companies handle prescription benefits for more than 200 million Americans, so your prescription coverage will likely be changing in the new year.

    We’re reviewing which prescriptions will no longer be covered and the suggested alternatives to give you a better picture of your options. Listed below are some changes to the pain med coverage from each formulary that might affect you:

    Caremark

    Removed medication: Flector patches   ||   Suggested Alternative: diclofenac, meloxicam, or naproxen

    The convenient Flector patch will be an excluded medication as of 2014. See More

  • Dropped by Insurance: In 2014, Will Your Arthritis and Transplant Drugs Be Covered?

    November 13, 2013

    Express Scripts and Caremark have removed certain medications from their formulary starting in January 2014. These companies handle prescription benefits for more than 200 million Americans, so your prescription coverage will likely be changing in the new year.

    Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be reviewing which prescriptions will no longer be covered and the suggested alternatives to give you a better picture of your options. See More

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Popular Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
prednisone Corticosteroids 9 See Prices
ibuprofen NSAIDs 12 See Prices
Naprosyn
(naproxen)
NSAIDs 6 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Classes

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