Arthritis Health Topics

Featured Tests and Procedures
During a hip replacement, an artificial hip is used to replace a worn-out hip joint. The information in this eMedTV page explains the reasons for the surgery, possible complications, and what to expect after the procedure.
During knee replacement surgery, an implant is used to replace a worn-out knee joint. This portion of the eMedTV archives discusses this surgery in detail, including information on how the knee works and possible complications of the procedure.
Featured Conditions and Diseases
An inflammatory disease, ankylosing spondylitis is a condition that most often affects the lower back. This eMedTV article provides an overview of this disease, including information on its symptoms, causes, and treatment.
Arthritis is a term used to describe many conditions that affect the joints. This eMedTV article describes the different types (such as osteoarthritis and gout), possible symptoms (like redness and swelling in the joints), diagnosis, and treatment.
Enteropathic arthritis is a type of arthritis that occurs in people with an inflammatory bowel disease. This eMedTV resource features a detailed overview of this condition, including information about symptoms it may cause and how they are treated.
Gout occurs when too much uric acid builds up in the body. This eMedTV article provides information on how often this condition occurs and who it affects, and also outlines the four stages (including asymptomatic hyperuricemia and acute gout).
Infectious arthritis is a catch-all term describing joint inflammation caused by germs. This article on the eMedTV Web site describes some of the different types, such as septic arthritis, and explains how they are diagnosed and treated.
Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis causes prolonged joint inflammation in children younger than 16. This eMedTV article provides an overview of this condition, including information about its symptoms and how they are treated.
Osteoarthritis is a common joint disease in which cartilage has worn away. This eMedTV article provides detailed information about osteoarthritis, including its common symptoms, how many people it affects, and how it may be treated and prevented.
Reactive arthritis develops in response to an infection in the body. This eMedTV resource provides a detailed look at this form of arthritis, including information on its causes, symptoms, treatment options, and more.
Characterized by painful swelling of the joints, rheumatoid arthritis is a type of autoimmune disease. This eMedTV resource explores rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, treatment options, and prognosis -- as well as how often the disease occurs.
Septic arthritis is an inflammatory condition caused by a bacterial infection. This eMedTV article explores the causes and symptoms of this condition and includes information about how it is diagnosed and treated.
Featured Medications
Actemra is a drug approved to treat arthritis. This eMedTV article explains this prescription medication in more detail, including how it works, how often it is injected, possible side effects, and more.
Adalimumab is a prescription medicine that is approved to treat certain inflammatory conditions. This eMedTV page explains how this drug works to relieve symptoms of these conditions, lists possible side effects, and covers general dosing guidelines.
Allopurinol is a prescription medicine licensed for the prevention of high uric acid levels in the body. This eMedTV page explains what you should know before taking allopurinol, describes the effects of the drug, and offers general dosing information.
Available by prescription only, Arava is a medicine used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. This page of the eMedTV Web library further discusses how this drug works, outlines some possible side effects, and provides some general safety precautions.
Available by prescription, Arthrotec is licensed to treat arthritis symptoms and also prevent ulcers. This eMedTV Web selection contains an overview of this combination medicine, including how it works, side effects, dosing tips, and more.
Azulfidine EN-tabs is a drug commonly prescribed for ulcerative colitis and rheumatoid arthritis. This eMedTV page explains how the medicine relieves the symptoms of these conditions, lists possible side effects, and covers general dosing guidelines.
Cataflam is a drug used to reduce pain, inflammation, swelling, or stiffness caused by several conditions. This eMedTV page explores the prescription drug in more detail, noting in particular its side effects, dosing guidelines, and overdose symptoms.
Celebrex is commonly used to treat conditions (such as arthritis) that are related to pain and inflammation. This eMedTV page provides an overview of the drug, including information on its uses, side effects, dosing information, and more.
Chondroitin is a type of dietary supplement primarily used for treating osteoarthritis. This eMedTV Web article provides an in-depth look at this supplement, including possible safety concerns, potential side effects, and details on its effectiveness.
People may use cod liver oil for its health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure and triglycerides. This eMedTV page explains what else cod liver oil may be used for, discusses its effectiveness, and lists potential side effects that may occur.
Available by prescription, colchicine is used to treat gout flares and prevent gout attacks. This eMedTV Web page offers an overview of this medication, with information on possible side effects, general dosing guidelines, and safety warnings.
Daypro is a drug often prescribed to treat pain and inflammation associated with various forms of arthritis. This eMedTV Web page offers more details on the medication, including its specific uses, effects, and general dosing information.
This segment of the eMedTV archives takes a detailed look at dexamethasone, a drug found in many different products, ranging from tablets to intravitreal implants. This page discusses the medicine's uses, side effects, dosing, and more.
Diclofenac is a prescription medication licensed to treat migraines, pain, arthritis, and actinic keratosis. This eMedTV article covers the medicine's uses in more detail, explains how it works, and describes the various forms that this drug comes in.
Diclofenac sodium extended-release is often used for symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. This eMedTV segment discusses the drug's effects, dosing information, overdose symptoms, available strengths, and more.
Dolobid, which is available by prescription, relieves pain, inflammation, and stiffness caused by arthritis. This eMedTV Web page provides a detailed look at the drug, including how it works, side effects, dosing information, and strengths.
Available by prescription only, Duexis is a medicine used to treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. This eMedTV resource gives a detailed overview of this medicine, including other approved uses, dosing tips, and possible side effects.
Enbrel is a prescription drug that treats several inflammatory conditions that affect the joints and skin. This eMedTV article explains how Enbrel relieves the symptoms of these conditions, lists side effects, and covers general dosing guidelines.
Etodolac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that is used to treat arthritis symptoms and general pain. This eMedTV resource explains how the drug works and offers more detailed information on its specific uses, overdose symptoms, and more.
Flurbiprofen is a prescription drug licensed to relieve rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis symptoms. This eMedTV resource offers more information on this medication and its effects, dosing guidelines, and potential side effects.
Gengraf is a type of immunosuppressant used to treat psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis. As this eMedTV article explains, it can also help prevent rejection after an organ transplant. Side effects, dosing, and safety concerns are also discussed.
Glucosamine is a supplement used for treating various conditions, but is especially useful for arthritis. This eMedTV resource describes the effects of glucosamine, explores its effectiveness, and explains what side effects may occur with the product.
Ibuprofen is a medication used to treat pain, inflammation, fever, and stiffness. This eMedTV article provides an overview of this medication, including information about dosing guidelines, potential side effects, and more.
Imuran is a prescription drug that can prevent kidney transplant rejection and treat rheumatoid arthritis. This eMedTV page offers an overview of Imuran, providing information on how the medicine works, potential side effects, and dosing guidelines.
Indomethacin is a prescription drug that is used to relieve pain and inflammation. As this eMedTV page explains, indomethacin may also be used to reduce fever, swelling, and stiffness caused by arthritis or other painful conditions.
Kineret is a rheumatoid arthritis medication that is prescribed when other drugs have failed to work. This eMedTV page describes how this medication works, offers dosing information, and explains what else it can be used for.
Available by prescription, Krystexxa is used to prevent gout attacks. This eMedTV Web page provides a complete overview of this medication, with information on how the drug works, possible side effects, general dosing guidelines, and safety warnings.
Lodine XL is a medication that is used to treat pain and other symptoms of certain types of arthritis. This eMedTV page offers an in-depth look at this medication, with information on its effects, potential side effects, dosing information, and more.
Mobic is a prescription drug used to reduce pain, stiffness, and inflammation caused by arthritis. This eMedTV page describes the drug in more detail, including side effects, strengths, and what to tell your healthcare provider before taking it.
Nabumetone is commonly prescribed to help relieve symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. This eMedTV page provides a detailed overview of this drug, with information on dosing guidelines, possible side effects, and more.
Naprelan is often prescribed to reduce pain, inflammation, fever, and stiffness related to many conditions. This eMedTV segment explains in detail dosing guidelines, side effects, strengths, overdose symptoms, and more.
Naproxen is a medicine that is commonly used to reduce pain, inflammation, and stiffness. This eMedTV segment discusses these and other uses in detail and includes information on the drug's effects, dosing guidelines, and potential side effects.
Naproxen sodium, as this eMedTV article explains, is used to reduce inflammation and stiffness associated with certain medical conditions, such as tendonitis or gout. Specific uses are discussed, as are effects, side effects, and dosing precautions.
NSAIDs are drugs used to treat a number of conditions that cause pain and inflammation. This page on the eMedTV Web site covers specific uses of NSAIDs, their possible side effects, and what to tell your healthcare provider before taking these drugs.
Orencia is a prescription drug licensed for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. This eMedTV page describes the effects of Orencia, offers dosing information for the drug, and lists important precautions to be aware of before starting treatment.
Pennsaid is a type of NSAID that is used to treat osteoarthritis of the knee. This part of the eMedTV Web site offers a comprehensive overview of this medication, including information on how it works, possible side effects, drug warnings, and more.
This eMedTV segment provides an overview of piroxicam, a prescription medication used to relieve symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. This page covers piroxicam side effects, how the drug works, overdose symptoms, and other topics.
Ponstel (mefenamic acid) is a drug that is prescribed for the treatment of mild to moderate pain. This eMedTV Web page discusses specific Ponstel uses and also offers general dosing information and a list of potential side effects of this drug.
Remicade is a prescription medication that is approved to treat certain inflammatory conditions. This eMedTV page explains how the drug works to relieve symptoms of these conditions, lists potential side effects, and covers general dosing guidelines.
A prescription drug, rituximab is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions. This eMedTV Web page offers an overview of this medication, with information on possible side effects, general dosing guidelines, and safety warnings.
Simponi is a drug approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and other conditions. This eMedTV article explains this product in more detail, including how it works, how often it is injected, possible side effects, and more.
Sulindac is a prescription drug that is used to treat mild to moderate pain, inflammation, or stiffness. This eMedTV page discusses specific uses for the drug, how it works, potential side effects that may occur, and available strengths.
Synvisc is an osteoarthritis treatment that is injected directly into the knee. As this eMedTV page explains, it is used to cushion and lubricate the knee joint. It is ideal for people who have not received adequate pain relief from other treatments.
Tylenol is a pain reliever and fever reducer that is available without a prescription. This eMedTV page explains how the medication works to relieve fever and inflammation, lists the various strengths available, and describes possible side effects.
Uloric is a prescribed drug used to prevent gout attacks by reducing uric acid levels in the body. This eMedTV Web article describes how the medicine works, offers dosing information, and explains what you should know before starting treatment.
Vimovo is a medication prescribed to treat osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. This eMedTV page offers an in-depth look at this drug, including information on how it works, possible side effects, dosing tips, and more.
Voltaren is used to treat symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, such as pain and stiffness. This eMedTV article explains how the drug works, lists possible side effects, and offers things to consider before taking it.
Voltaren Gel is a prescription NSAID approved for treating osteoarthritis. This eMedTV page explores this product in more detail, noting in particular its side effects, dosing guidelines, and some general precautions to be aware of before using the gel.
Xarelto is a medicine prescribed to prevent blood clots (and in some cases, strokes) in certain people. This eMedTV segment presents an overview of this blood-thinning medicine, including how it works, possible side effects, and more.
Xeljanz is a medicine licensed to treat rheumatoid arthritis. This selection from the eMedTV Web library features more details on this prescription medication, with information on how it works, dosing instructions, side effects, and more.
Zydone may be prescribed on an as-needed basis for pain. This segment of the eMedTV archives provides a detailed look at this combination drug, including how it works, possible side effects, dosing guidelines, and what to do in case of overdose.
Featured Anatomy
Some studies show that cracking joints doesn't cause any harm. But as this eMedTV article explains, you should see a healthcare provider if the cracking causes pain. This page describes in detail what makes joints pop or crack.
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