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Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Guide

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs: Analgesics

Analgesics reduce pain but they do not reduce swelling or joint damage.

There are a variety of over-the-counter and prescription analgesics. Narcotics are the most powerful type of analgesic. Use these carefully and be sure to let your doctor know if you have any history of alcoholism or drug abuse. 

Examples of analgesics:
 

NameBrand Name(s)PrecautionsPotential Side Effects
acetaminophenTylenol, Faverall, Tempra• Tell your doctor if you have 3 or more drinks of alcohol daily.
• Avoid taking more than one product with acetaminophen.

Side effects uncommon if taken as directed.

tramadol

Ultram

• Tell your doctor if you use central nervous system depressants, tranquilizers, sleeping medications, muscle relaxants, or narcotic pain medications or if you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse.
• Do not stop suddenly or increase the dose on your own.

• Do not drive or use heavy machinery until you know how your body reacts to the drug.
• Constipation
• Diarrhea
• Drowsiness
• Increased sweating
• Loss of appetite
• Nausea
oxycodoneOxyContin, Roxicodone

Tell your doctor if you use central nervous system depressants, tranquilizers, sleeping medications, muscle relaxants or narcotic pain medications or if you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse.
• Never chew or cut tablets; a high dose can be fatal if released rapidly.

• Constipation
• Dizziness
• Drowsiness
• Dry mouth
• Headache
• Increased sweating
• Itchy skin
• Nausea or vomiting
• Shortness of breath
 

 

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Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on July 16, 2013
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