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Are over-the-counter medicines available for rheumatoid arthritis?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Over-the-counter medications that may help rheumatoid arthritis include ibuprofen and naproxen sodium. These are both NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.) These medicines work as pain relievers and diminish the inflammation that occurs with rheumatoid arthritis. However, they do not stop the progressive joint damage rheumatoid arthritis causes. It is important to work with a doctor soon after you notice symptoms to find the best treatment for you. Even though NSAIDS are over-the-counter medicines, they do have some side effects.

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