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Ibuprofen is the most commonly used OTC arthritis medication and is available in non-prescription strength, including tablets and fast release capsules, which may last four to six hours. Naproxen sodium is available non-prescription strength as an over-the-counter remedy for arthritis.What are the common medications for arthritis?
Typically, doctors prescribe arthritis medications to help control the disease. There are several categories of arthritis medications, including NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), analgesics (pain medications), DMARDs (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs), biologics, and corticosteroids.What kind of medication does a doctor prescribe for arthritis?
Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are slow-acting medications that work behind the scenes to slow the progression of rheumatoid arthritis and reduce the risk of permanent joint damage. The most commonly prescribed DMARD is methotrexate (sold under the brand names Rheumatrex and Trexall).