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Rheumatology Medications

A number of types of drugs are used to treat arthritis and connective tissue disease. These generally fall into the following groups:

Rheumatology Medications FAQs

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Pain relief (analgesia)

These are used for most types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis. Examples include paracetamol, dihydrocodeine, and paracetamol and codeine combined such as Co-codamol, Co-dydramol. Tramadol is also sometimes prescribed. Very occasionally, stronger analgesia such as morphine is required for very severe pain. This may be given in tablet form such as MST, but is often prescribed in the form of patches. Simple analgesia such as paracetamol rarely cause any side effects and may be used safely with most other medication; however it is important not to exceed the maximum recommended dose of any medication. Codeine-based drugs may cause drowsiness in some people; if you are affected in this way you should avoid driving or operating machinery.