There are also several prescription drugs and injections used for arthritis pain relief. Of course, the type of prescription or treatment you might receive is affected by the type of arthritis you have. Over the counter NSAIDS like Advil and Aleve are frequently used for arthritis pain relief because they reduce inflammation and help the patient deal with pain. Aspirin is a NSAID.
Analgesics such as Tylenol may be used to help with pain although they do nothing for the inflammation. Cortisone injections are also options because the cortisone is injected directly into the joint, quickly reducing damaging inflammation of the joints or organs and allowing for arthritis pain relief for a period of time. Side effects of these injections include increased risk of infection, high blood pressure, increased weight, bruising and glaucoma.
Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDS) are used for serious forms including Rheumatoid arthritis, Ankylosing aspondylitis and Psoriatic arthritis. Often prescribed early on in an attempt to help avoid inflammation joint damage, they can take months to work. Biologic response modifiers (BRMs) are a recent class of drug for boosting the immune system to reduce inflammation.
Always study the known side effects (contraindications) and let your doctor know if you notice any. Take medications only as prescribed and at the recommended time of the day (usually between meals). Also tell your doctor if you are on other medications.