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Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Topic Guide

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): Rheumatoid arthritis (often called RA) is a chronic (long-standing) disease that damages the joints of the body. Symptoms and signs of rheumatoid arthritis include joint pain, swelling, inflammation, stiffness, warmth, muscle aches, weakness, fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, and malaise. Treatment may involve physical therapy, occupational therapy, hydrotherapy, heat and cold treatments, joint replacements, and medications.

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tofacitinib Tofacitinib

Tofacitinib works by blocking certain enzymes in the body that affect immune system function...learn more »

golimumab Golimumab

Golimumab reduces the effects of a substance in the body that can cause inflammation...learn more »

certolizumab Certolizumab

Certolizumab reduces the effects of a substance in the body that can cause inflammation...learn more »

abatacept Abatacept

Abatacept a protein that prevents your body's immune system from attacking healthy tissues such as joints. The immune system helps your body fight infection...learn more »

adalimumab Adalimumab

Adalimumab reduces the effects of a substance in the body that can cause inflammation...learn more »

anakinra (injectable) Anakinra (injectable)

Anakinra reduces the actions of chemicals in the body that are involved in inflammatory and immune responses...learn more »

celecoxib (oral) Celecoxib (oral)

Celecoxib is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Celecoxib works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body...learn more »

etanercept Etanercept

Etanercept is a tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blocker. It works by decreasing TNF, a protein produced by the immune system to helps the body fight infections....learn more »

infliximab Infliximab

Infliximab reduces the effects of a substance in the body that can cause inflammation...learn more »

diclofenac and misoprostol Diclofenac And Misoprostol

Diclofenac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain and inflammation...learn more »

etodolac Etodolac

Etodolac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Etodolac works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body...learn more »

salsalate Salsalate

Salsalate is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) in a group of drugs called salicylates (sa-LIS-il-ates). This medicine works by reducing substanc...learn more »

auranofin Auranofin

Auranofin is a form of gold that reduces some of the effects of the inflammatory process in the body...learn more »

hydroxychloroquine Hydroxychloroquine

Hydroxychloroquine is used to treat or prevent malaria, a disease caused by parasites that enter the body through the bite of a mosquito. Malaria is common ...learn more »

sulfasalazine Sulfasalazine

Sulfasalazine affects a substance in the body that causes inflammation, tissue damage, and diarrhea...learn more »

flurbiprofen Flurbiprofen

Flurbiprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Flurbiprofen works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body...learn more »

diflunisal Diflunisal

Diflunisal is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body...learn more »

aspirin (oral) Aspirin (oral)

Aspirin is a salicylate (sa-LIS-il-ate). It works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain, fever, and inflammation...learn more »

cyclosporine Cyclosporine

Cyclosporine lowers your body's immune system. The immune system helps your body fight infections. The immune system can also fight or "reject" a transplant...learn more »

indomethacin Indomethacin

Indomethacin is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Indomethacin works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body...learn more »

sulindac Sulindac

Sulindac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Sulindac works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body...learn more »

fenoprofen Fenoprofen

Fenoprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Fenoprofen works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body...learn more »

azathioprine Azathioprine

Azathioprine lowers your body's immune system. The immune system helps your body fight infections. The immune system can also fight or "reject" a transplant...learn more »

diclofenac Diclofenac

Diclofenac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). This medicine works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain and inflammation...learn more »