An effective rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treatment plan is unique to everyone.

People can react differently to different medications, so it can be normal to try a number of treatment options to see what works for you.

Effective treatment plans, including the appropriate medication for you, can help limit the impact RA has on your life. In addition, your doctor or physical therapist can help create an exercise program that supports your goals.

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An effective RA treatment plan should
help improve your physical function and overall well-being

There are a variety of RA treatment options.

There are many medications currently available to help reduce inflammation, joint pain, or swelling associated with RA. That’s why it’s important to work closely with a rheumatologist to discuss the risks and benefits of treatment options and develop a plan that’s right for you. Some RA medication options include:


Pain relief medications like acetaminophen


Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like aspirin and ibuprofen, help reduce pain and inflammation


Work by targeting a specific part of the immune system in order to reduce the inflammation seen in RA—one example of a biologic is a TNF inhibitor


Used broadly to help reduce pain and inflammation for a short term


Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs is a general name for the large number of medicines, like methotrexate, that modify the course of RA itself

Oral Small Molecules

Block parts of the body’s immune response in order to reduce inflammation—one example of an oral small molecule is a JAK-inhibitor

All medications have side effects. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of your treatment options. These medications should be used under the supervision of a healthcare professional. Always tell your doctor about any side effects you may be experiencing.

Dr. Grace Wright discusses the signs of undertreatment and when to consider a change in treatment plans.

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The goal is to get this disease under control.

-Dr. Grace Wright

Managing joint pain can be complicated.

Many people take over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription pain medicine in addition to other medicines they use to treat rheumatoid arthritis. But continued use of pain medicine may be a sign your RA symptoms are not being managed effectively. It’s important to consider the risks and benefits of all medications with your rheumatologist.

Be sure to tell your doctor about all medications you are using to manage your pain.

Considering treatment options?

Learn about a treatment option for moderate to severe RA and talk to your rheumatologist to see if it could be right for you.


Speak up and talk openly with your rheumatologist about how you’ve been feeling. Certain details about your RA could help determine if a change in treatment may be needed.

If you’re experiencing symptoms despite being on treatment, you should bring it up. Your rheumatologist will evaluate whether a treatment change may be right for you.

A change in treatment plans could help you reach your treatment goals. And if you’re finding your current medication isn’t working for you, consider other options with your rheumatologist. Don’t have one?

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Hear why people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have partnered with a rheumatologist to find the right treatment plan for them.

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If you’re not feeling good, you need to say, ‘I need to try something different.’

- Carol


Which describes your outlook when considering RA treatment plans for you?

Which describes your outlook when considering RA treatment plans for you?

Working with your rheumatologist is key to finding the right RA treatment plan for you. You can help the conversation by preparing for your appointment.