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

  • New Xeljanz XR Available for Arthritis

    March 23, 2016

    Nearly 52.5 million people in the US have arthritis, according to an estimate from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

    Rheumatoid arthritis one of the most common types, and a new drug has just been approved to help make treatment easier. A new, extended-release form of Xeljanz (tofacitinib) recently received approval from the FDA to treat moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis.

    What is Xeljanz XR used for?
    Xeljanz XR is recommended for adult patients with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis—and who have had a poor response to methotrexate, or can no longer tolerate it. See More

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    June 03, 2015

    In the last decade, billions of dollars have been spent to develop hundreds of new prescription drugs. While some drugs may not necessarily save lives (a prescription for longer eyelashes, anyone?), a handful of drugs have literally stopped major diseases in their tracks. Imagine that just ten years ago a patient might not be alive months or years after a diagnosis, whereas today a simple pill can cure or prevent a deadly disease. See More

  • Do Topical Medications Voltaren, Pennsaid, and Flector Work for Pain?

    April 30, 2015

    Joint pain from arthritis, an injury, or overuse often requires the use of anti-inflammatory medications. Many people hate taking pills by mouth because they can be hard on the stomach and kidneys. But do the topical options work? What are your options and which is the best?

    Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) topical options:

    In the United States, three topical NSAID products are approved to treat pain including Voltaren Gel (diclofenac sodium 1%), Pennsaid topical solution (diclofenac sodium 1. See More

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Popular Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Corticosteroids 5 See Prices
NSAIDs 11 See Prices
NSAIDs 10 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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