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How do non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) treat rheumatoid arthritis?

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NSAIDs -- or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs -- are commonly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA). They help manage the chronic pain, inflammation, and swelling tied to RA.

They do not slow down the disease. Most people with RA also take other types of medications, such as methotrexate or biologics, to help prevent further joint damage.

SOURCES:

American College of Rheumatology: "Information for Patients About NSAIDs."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "What are NSAIDs?"

Arthritis Foundation: "Studies Highlight the Risks and Health-Care Costs of NSAID Injury."

American College of Gastroenterology: "The Dangers of Aspirin and NSAIDs."

Arthritis Foundation: "Making Sense of NSAIDs: Side Effects."

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 10, 2017

SOURCES:

American College of Rheumatology: "Information for Patients About NSAIDs."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "What are NSAIDs?"

Arthritis Foundation: "Studies Highlight the Risks and Health-Care Costs of NSAID Injury."

American College of Gastroenterology: "The Dangers of Aspirin and NSAIDs."

Arthritis Foundation: "Making Sense of NSAIDs: Side Effects."

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 10, 2017

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