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How soon will I notice the benefits of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) when treating arthritis?

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It also often takes weeks for you to notice the benefits of taking a DMARD. Doctors often also prescribe a faster-working drug such as an NSAID, another painkiller, or steroids to help relieve some arthritis symptoms.

From: Arthritis Drug Overview WebMD Medical Reference

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WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Arthritis: Topical Painkillers;" "Anti-Inflammatory Painkillers and Arthritis;" "Steroids to Treat Arthritis;" "Arthritis: Disease Modifying Medications;" "New Treatments for Inflammatory Arthritis: Biologics;" "Arthritis: Narcotic Pain Relievers;" "Chemotherapy Drugs to treat Arthritis;" "Hyaluronan Injections to Treat Osteoarthritis;" and "Gout."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 21, 2018

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WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Arthritis: Topical Painkillers;" "Anti-Inflammatory Painkillers and Arthritis;" "Steroids to Treat Arthritis;" "Arthritis: Disease Modifying Medications;" "New Treatments for Inflammatory Arthritis: Biologics;" "Arthritis: Narcotic Pain Relievers;" "Chemotherapy Drugs to treat Arthritis;" "Hyaluronan Injections to Treat Osteoarthritis;" and "Gout."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 21, 2018

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