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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June 03, 2014
Generic Celebrex (celecoxib) has been approved by the FDA as of May 30, 2014. Teva Pharmaceuticals received exclusive market rights for 180 days on the 100 mg, 200 mg, and 400 mg capsules, while Mylan Pharmaceuticals has also been approved to market the 50 mg capsules.
When will generic celecoxib be available?
Mylan Pharmaceuticals plans to begin selling their 50 mg capsule at the earliest point it can, but not later than December 2014. See More
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
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:
Removed medication: Flector patches || Suggested Alternative: diclofenac, meloxicam, or naproxen
The convenient Flector patch will be an excluded medication as of 2014. See More
Popular Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs
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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.