Anti-rhuematic drugs include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and biologic agents. NSAIDs are anti-inflammatory agents that are devoid of steroidal components but effective in relieving the pain & inflammation. They are available in the form of pills, liquids and topical creams and are recommended to relieve arthritic pain. They are available as both over the counter drugs and prescription drugs.
Disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) considered as first line of agents for arthritis and these drugs retard the progression of joint damage. Biological agents are the antibodies developed using genetic engineering technology and they destroy the inflammatory agents causing arthritis.