Medications to Help Prevent Arthritis: What You Need to Know

Are you looking for ways to prevent arthritis? If so, you may be wondering if there are any medications that can help. The answer is yes! Abatacept, Adalimumab, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are all medications that can help prevent arthritis from damaging your body. Abatacept is a medication that works by blocking certain signals in the immune system that cause inflammation. It is used to treat several types of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.

Adalimumab is an anti-TNF drug that is also used for several types of arthritis. NSAIDs are a type of medication that can reduce pain and inflammation. They are available both over-the-counter and by prescription. Common over-the-counter NSAIDs include aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), and naproxen (Aleve).

Prescription NSAIDs include indomethacin (Indocin) and celecoxib (Celebrex). Nearly everyone with arthritis has taken or is taking one of these medications. In addition to medications, there are other treatments that can help prevent or delay joint damage caused by arthritis. For example, calcium and vitamin D supplements can help prevent osteoporosis if you take steroids, and folic acid supplements can help prevent some of the side effects of methotrexate.

Rheumatoid arthritis treatments can help reduce joint inflammation, relieve pain, prevent or delay joint damage, reduce disability, and allow you to be as active as possible. It is important to talk to your doctor about the best treatment plan for you.

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