Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis
While there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), there are treatments that can help relieve the pain, stiffness, and swelling caused by the condition. Some of the typical treatment options your doctor may consider are described below. It’s important to talk to your rheumatologist to determine which treatment option is right for you.
Often prescribed by doctors when RA first starts, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) help reduce pain, stiffness, and swelling. Many NSAIDs like ibuprofen (such as Motrin®* and Advil®*) and naproxen (such as Aleve®*) are available at drugstores without a prescription. Others, like Celebrex®*, require a prescription. Over time, many people find that NSAIDs may not be enough to provide the symptom relief they require.
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Your doctor may have prescribed a medicine called a DMARD (disease-modifying antirheumatic drug) to help treat your RA. Methotrexate is a commonly prescribed DMARD for RA. While many people are helped by methotrexate, for others, it isn’t enough. Your doctor may combine methotrexate with other medications to help relieve your symptoms and treat your RA.
Doctors have found that when methotrexate is combined with some biologic treatments, such as SIMPONI®, the two medications working together can be helpful in controlling the symptoms of moderate to severe RA.
SIMPONI® is the first and only self-injectable biologic treatment for adults with moderate to severe RA that requires just one injection each month. SIMPONI® is taken with the medicine methotrexate, as directed.
Once you and your doctor are comfortable with the self-injection process, you will inject SIMPONI® under the skin, just once a month.
Just one injection of SIMPONI® each month relieves the pain, stiffness, and swelling of moderate to severe RA. Your results may vary.
Selected Important Safety Information
SIMPONI® (golimumab) can lower your ability to fight infections. Serious and sometimes fatal events may occur. There have been reports of serious infections including tuberculosis (TB) and infections caused by bacteria, fungi, or viruses that have spread throughout the body. Other possible serious side effects may include lymphoma, skin cancer, a rare and fatal cancer called Hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma, other cancers, hepatitis B, heart failure, nervous system problems, or allergic reactions. To learn more about these and other risks, please read the Important Safety Information, and the Medication Guide, and talk with your doctor.