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.

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Popular Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
prednisone Corticosteroids 5 See Prices
ibuprofen NSAIDs 14 See Prices
Mobic
(meloxicam)
NSAIDs 5 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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