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Arthritis Medications - Drug Side Effects

There are several options for arthritis medications. Certain drugs are used to control pain, decrease inflammation, slow disease progression, and more. Discuss your options with your doctor and weigh the benefits and risks of treatment.
  1. A - Z: Analgesic Medications (221)
  2. A - Z: Arthritis Drugs (159)
  3. A - Z: BRMs / TNF Blockers (202)
  4. A - Z: COX-2 Inhibitors (120)
  5. A - Z: Corticosteroids (205)
  6. A - Z: DMARDs (157)
  7. A - Z: Dietary Supplements
  8. A - Z: Fibromyalgia Meds (288)
  9. A - Z: Gout Medications (126)
  10. A - Z: Herbal Remedies
  11. A - Z: Hyaluronates
  12. A - Z: Muscle Relaxers (107)
  13. A - Z: NSAIDs (258)
  14. A - Z: OTC Meds / Products (33)
  15. A - Z: Osteoporosis Meds (109)
  16. A - Z: Pain Medications
  17. A - Z: Salicylates (68)
  18. A - Z: Sjogren's Drugs (45)
  19. A - Z: Sleep Medications (98)
  20. A - Z: Topical Medications (74)
  21. Drug Costs / Drug Expenses (17)
  22. Drug Side Effects - Adverse Reactions (69)
  23. Prescription Drug Abuse

10 Reasons You May Have Inadequate Relief From Arthritis Pain
Here are 10 possible reasons why you may not have adequate relief from arthritis pain.

Arthritis Drugs - What Are My Options?
Arthritis drugs have long been considered traditional treatment. Learn about your options.

5 Arthritis Treatment Mistakes
To achieve the most benefit with your arthritis treatment, avoid these 5 mistakes.

Xeljanz (tofacitinib) - What You Need to Know
Xeljanz (tofacitinib) is the first JAK inhibitor approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

Arthritis Medications - Test Your Knowledge
There are several different classes of arthritis medications, and often many drugs within each class. In recent years, new arthritis drugs have become available. More are in the product pipeline. How much do you know about arthritis medications?

Therapeutic Dose for Arthritis Medications
Arthritis patients are often advised to take the lowest possible dose of medication to avoid side effects. But, too low may not have a beneficial therapeutic effect.

Arthritis Medications - Are They Working?
Most people with arthritis are prescribed medications to help manage the disease. How can you tell if your arthritis medications are working?

Is It Safe or Advisable to Take Expired Arthritis Medication?
An expiration date is put on a product to make us aware that the quality of the product is diminishing. When it comes to arthritis medication, does the expiration date just warn us about quality or is it unsafe to take expired medication? There are two schools of thought on expired medication.

A Decade of Drugs for Arthritis-Related Conditions
Arthritis drugs are a significant part of most arthritis treatment regimens. Arthritis patients are often eager to learn about newer arthritis drugs. The past decade has brought us 10 new drugs for arthritis-related conditions.

What Are Drug Side Effects?
Drug side effects are unintended, adverse effects that can develop with medication use. Some may be mild while others may require immediate medical attention.

Self-Injection of Arthritis Drugs
Since 1998, when Enbrel became the first biologic drug approved for arthritis, self-injection has become more common.

Arthritis Medication Side Effects - What You Should Know
Arthritis medication side effects are a possibility. Be aware of arthritis medication side effects and call your doctor if a persistent or potentially serious problem develops.

Don't Stop Medication Without Doctor's Input
Patients sometimes want to stop medications for one reason or another. They should not stop medication without doctor's advice.

Alcohol and Arthritis Medications
Pay attention to labels and warnings about avoiding alcohol when taking arthritis medications.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatments - 2008 ACR Recommendations
Rheumatoid arthritis treatments include medication options that have expanded over the last decade. The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has released its 2008 guidelines for rheumatoid arthritis treatments -- an update of the 2002 guidelines.

Swallowing Pills: A Major Problem for Some Arthritis Patients
Swallowing pills is difficult for more people than you might think. I saw a survey that suggested 40% of people have trouble swallowing pills. Some become pill-chewers -- and for more than one reason, that's not the way to go.

10 Most Popular Arthritis Drugs Prescribed by Rheumatologists
Arthritis drugs are used by most arthritis patients as part of their treatment plan. Patient response to arthritis drugs can vary so it's impossible to say ahead of time which drug will be most effective. Learn more about the 10 arthritis drugs most commonly prescribed by rheumatologists.

10 Ways to Ensure Drug Safety
Drug safety requires patient involvement. A patient should and should not do certain things to ensure drug safety. Patients should fully understand their prescription after discussing it with the doctor and pharmacist. Patients should never take drugs if they are unsure about the directions. Follow these tips for drug safety.

Do Antidepressants Help Chronic Pain Patients?
Antidepressants are sometimes prescribed for patients with chronic pain, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. When is it appropriate to prescribe one of the antidepressants for an arthritis or fibromyalgia patient?

Tylenol (Acetaminophen) - 10 Things You Should Know
Safety warnings about Tylenol should be respected. Tylenol (acetaminophen) must be taken according to directions.

10 Things You Should Do When Given a New Prescription
When your doctor hands you a new prescription, it becomes your responsibility to know what the drug is for, how to take it, what side effects may occur and more. Here are 10 tips for what you should do when given a new prescription.

Review Prescription Medications With Your Doctor
Prescription medications are commonly ordered by a doctor to treat arthritis and other chronic conditions. Patients should review their regimen of prescription medications with their doctor on a regular basis.

Lyrica - 10 Things You Should Know
Lyrica is among the treatment options for fibromyalgia.

Colchicine - 10 Things You Should Know
Colchicine is one of the gout treatment options. For safe use of the drug, here are 10 things you should know.

When Are Arthritis Medications Contraindicated?
Sometimes arthritis medications are contraindicated, meaning they shouldn't be given to specific patients. Are there contraindications which may eliminate a patient from taking a specific drug? What are "absolute" contraindications?

Review Prescription Label Directions
Prescription labels are confusing for many patients. Here are some tips to help you make sure you're using medications correctly.

10 Things You Should Know About Prednisone
Prednisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory drug prescribed for arthritis.

Proton Pump Inhibitors Increase Risk of Hip Fracture
Proton pump inhibitors which are taken for acid-related diseases and also by many arthritis patients trying to reduce gastrointestinal side effects caused by NSAIDs have been linked to an increased risk of hip fracture. Proton pump inhibitors include Nexium, Protonix, Prevacid, Aciphex and Prilosec.

How to Spot Pharmacy Errors
Pharmacy errors can have serious consequences.

Medications and Sun Sensitivity
Some medications cause sun sensitivity. The reaction can be severe, so protecting yourself is essential.

Traveling With Arthritis Medications
Medications are part of daily life with arthritis. When traveling, medications must be handled properly.

Can Low or High Potassium Levels Be Caused by Medications?
Potassium levels in the blood can be abnormally high or low due to medication side effects.

Can Hair Loss Caused by Arthritis Medications Be Prevented or Treated?
Can hair loss associated with arthritis medications be stopped or prevented?

Prescription Drug Information Package Inserts Get New Design
Package inserts containing prescription drug information are being redesigned in an effort to manage the risks of medication use.

Driving Safely When You Take Medications
Medications may impair your driving skills.

What Are Cytotoxic Drugs?
Cytotoxic drugs, such as methotrexate, Cytoxan, and Imuran are used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and some other rheumatic diseases. There are potentially serious side effects associated with these drugs, but methotrexate appears to have the best safety profile. Learn more about cytotoxic drugs.

Help Your Arthritis Treatment Work
You can help your treatment work. Arthritis can strike at any age. It hurts the joints, where two bones meet. It damages the joints and makes them stiff and painful. Correct treatment can ease the pain and help prevent more damage.

How To Reduce The Risks Of Using Arthritis Medicines
All medicines have risks. To reduce the risks related to using arthritis medicines and to get the maximum benefit, you need to play an active role on your health care team.

How to Safely Dispose of Unused Medications
It happens to everyone for a variety of reasons. You end up with a medicine cabinet full of expired or unused medications, now considered a toxic form of household hazardous waste. Proper drug disposal is an emerging environmental issue. As with any household waste, the disposal method chosen can have a direct effect on safety and the health of...

Is Early, Aggressive Treatment Needed For New Diagnosed Patients?
Early, aggressive treatment for arthritis can prevent joint damage and deformity.

Q & A: FDA Regulatory Actions on COX-2 Inhibitors & NSAIDs
On April 7, 2005, FDA announces planned regulatory actions for Bextra, Celebrex, and the non-selective prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Does Prednisone Tapering Minimize Withdrawal?
Steroid withdrawal symptoms can occur if corticosteroid drugs are not discontinued gradually.

Is There Such A Thing As A "Plateau Effect" For Arthritis Medications?
It has been the experience of many arthritis patients that after taking a particular NSAID for awhile it seems to stop working or lose effectiveness.

Book Review: Overdosed America
Book review of Overdosed America by John Abramson, M.D., a book which exposes what's wrong with the pharmaceutical and health care industry.

Safety Of Arthritis Drugs: Weighing The Risks And Rewards
It's unsettling, the long-term safety of many arthritis drugs has been called into question. However, as the facts emerge, only you and your doctor can determine the level of risk that is acceptable with drugs currently available to treat arthritis.

Understanding Prescription Abbreviations
Unless you have a medical background, prescription abbreviations can be hard to understand. What do they mean?

Pill Reminder - Pill Reminder for Arthritis Medications
It's important to take pills on time and according to directions. Do you need a pill reminder to help you remember? What type of pill reminder works for you?

What Is DAS28?
DAS-28 is an assessment of disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis patients.

Emergency Preparedness - Stay Ahead on Medications
Earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires, and terrorism have taught us the importance of emergency preparedness. People who take medications should always have enough on hand to be able to withstand an emergency situation.

Rituxan - What You Need to Know
Rituxan has been approved by the FDA to be used in combination with methotrexate to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

Does It Matter If Take Arthritis Drugs With Or Without Food?
Follow instructions from your pharmacist when taking arthritis medications.

How To Avoid Medication Errors
A few simple, common sense tasks can help you avoid medication errors and ensure your safety.

How Long Should You Give A New Drug A Chance To Work?
How long should a patient stick with a new medication before considering it ineffective? New medications can take time to become fully effective. It's hard to tell sometimes if you have given it a fair chance or if you should give up on a particular drug.

FDA Announces Changes For All NSAIDS; Bextra Withdrawn From Market
Following scrutiny of the class of arthritis drugs known as NSAIDS and COX-2 inhibitors, the FDA has taken action.

How to Treat Gout With Diet and Medication
Gout attacks can be controlled by lifestyle changes and the use of medications.

Nexium Reduces Risk Of Ulcers For Long-term NSAID Users
The potential development of ulcers in regular users of NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) is well known. A new study suggests the infamous "Purple Pill", otherwise known as Nexium, might make a difference.

What Causes And Heals Mouth Sores?
Mouth sores are not uncommon in arthritis patients, often because of certain medications.

The Newest Arthritis Drugs
The newest class of arthritis medications are called biologics. The first biologic, Enbrel, was marketed in 1998.

When are steroid injections indicated as a treatment for arthritis?
Corticosteroids are used to treat inflammation and arthritis. When are local steroid injections indicated?

Facts About Corticosteroids (Steroids)
Corticosteroids are effective drugs for arthritis but they must be administered within proper guidelines to minimize side effects.

Facts About Analgesics (Painkillers)
Analgesic medication is used to treat pain.

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