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What medications can help with ankylosing spondylitis?

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Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) -- such as ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin -- are the most commonly used drugs for spondylitis treatment. In moderate to severe cases, other drugs may be added to the treatment regimen. Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), such as methotrexate (Rheumatrex), can be used when NSAIDs alone are not enough to reduce the inflammation, stiffness, and pain. In addition, relatively new drugs called biologics have been FDA-approved for treating ankylosing spondylitis. Also, the antidepressant Cymbalta has been approved for chronic back pain as well. Steroid injections into the joint or tendon may be helpful in some cases.

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Spondylitis Association of America.

WebMD Health News: "FDA Approves Cymbalta for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain."

FDA. “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.” "FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 28, 2018

SOURCES:

Spondylitis Association of America.

WebMD Health News: "FDA Approves Cymbalta for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain."

FDA. “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.” "FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 28, 2018

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