Arthritis can be a very painful condition. Arthritis medication is used to stop pain and reduce the swelling of the joints. There are several options for dealing with arthritis.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are used for both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. This type of medication, including aspirin and ibuprofen, reduces inflammation and pain.
Analgesics are another option. Found in over the counter medications such as acetaminophen, analgesics don't reduce swelling but can reduce pain. This arthritis medication can be found in pill form or as a topical cream.
In serious cases, steroids can be given in pill form or through injection. Steroids are used to reduce painful swelling.
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