Treatments

These pages contain background information on some of the most common medications and therapies used to treat rheumatic disease, such as how they work, common dosages, safety tips, possible side effects, risks and things you should discuss with your health care providers if you are taking or considering these treatments.

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Spanish versions are available for some items as a pdf; the rest are coming soon! Note: our materials have recently been reviewed and updated. As part of this process, the pages are being re-translated to reflect any changes that have been made and the updated versions will be available soon. Please email pr@rheumatology.org for assistance.

This information is for general education only. Please consult your rheumatologist for medical advice, diagnosis and treatment of your unique medical condition. For more details on how working with a rheumatologist can help you live well with rheumatic disease, read our article on the importance of following your treatment plan.


A

Abatacept (Orencia)

Anakinra (Kineret)

Anti-TNF Drugs

Azathioprine (Imuran)


C

Clinical Research Trials

Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan)

Cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune, Gengraf)


H

Herbal Remedies, Supplements & Acupuncture

Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil)


J

Joint Injection/Aspiration

Joint Surgery


L

Leflunomide (Arava)


M

Methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall)

Minocycline (Minocin)

Mycophenolate Mofetil & Mycophenolate Sodium


N

NSAIDs


R

Rituximab (Rituxan & MabThera)


S

Sulfasalazine (Azulfidine)


T

Tocilizumab (Actemra)

Tofacitinib Citrate (Xeljanz)