arthritis drug types

Drug Types

About Analgesics

Analgesics are drugs designed specifically to relieve pain. There are several types of analgesics: acetaminophen (Tylenol), which is available without a prescription, and a variety of opioid analgesics, which are available only with a prescription. Read More >>

About Biologics

Biologics, or biologic response modifiers, are medications genetically engineered from a living organism, such as a virus, gene or protein, to simulate the body’s natural response to infection and disease. Read More >>

About Corticosteroids

Corticosteroids, sometimes called glucocor­ticoids, are medications that mimic the effects of the hormone cortisol, which is produced naturally by the adrenal glands. Read More >>

About DMARDs

Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs slow or stop the inflammatory process that can damage the joints and internal organs. Read More >>

About NSAIDs

NSAIDs are used to relieve pain and inflammation associated with arthritis and related conditions. They are also have many uses outside of arthritis treatment, such as lowering fevers, easing tooth aches, and relieving muscle aches from strenuous physical activity or the flu. Read More >>

About Other Drug Types

Other drug types for arthritis include: Forteo, hyaluronic acid injections, prolotherapy for knee OA and more. Read More >>