Rheumatoid Arthritis


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Most people who have rheumatoid arthritis take medications. Some drugs only provide relief for pain. Others reduce inflammation. Still others, called disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs or DMARDs, can often slow the course of the disease. New types of drugs called biologic response modifiers also can help reduce joint damage. Early treatment with DMARDs and drug combinations instead of single drugs may help stop the disease from progressing and reduce or prevent joint damage.