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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:

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Drugs to protect the stomach (PPIs)

If you suffer side effects from medication such as heartburn, indigestion or stomach pains, you may need additional medication to protect your stomach from irritation. Many treatments are available; the most commonly prescribed are a group of drugs known as 'proton pump inhibitors' or 'PPIs'. These include omeprazole, lansoprazole, esomeprazole, pantoprazole and rabeprazole. If you have previously suffered from gastric ulceration (stomach ulcers) or gastritis (inflammation of the stomach), some drugs, such as NSAIDs may not be suitable for you. If these drugs are prescribed you will almost certainly be prescribed a PPI at the same time.

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