The first goal of drug therapy is to reduce inflammation (swelling), relieve pain and maximize ability to do things. Long-range goals are to prevent disease progression and destruction of bone, cartilage and soft tissues sucah as muscles, tendons and joint capsules. Often more than one medicine may be prescribed at the same time to treat your child's arthritis. The following medications have been used to treat children with arthritis and related conditions. Dosages (how much of a medicine and how often it is taken) are set by your child's doctor and are often based on your child's height and weight. Speak with your child's doctor to learn more about the medications and their side effects.
View the Arthritis Today Drug Guide to learn more.