NSAIDs -- or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs -- are commonly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA). NSAIDs help manage the chronic pain, inflammation, and swelling associated with RA.
NSAIDs do not slow RA progression. NSAIDs are usually used along with other RA medications, such as methotrexate or biologics. These more potent drugs also help prevent further joint damage.