Q12. What are anti-inflammatories?

A12. This is shorthand for ‘non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs’ or NSAIDs. These drugs are prescribed to reduce pain, swelling and inflammation in the joints but without using steroids to do so.

There are two types of NSAID’s: standard and ‘Cox 2 inhibitors’. The Cox-2 inhibitors are specific anti-inflammatory drugs which work in the same way as the standard version. They help to ease pain and inflammation but with fewer side effects.

These drugs are taken as capsules or tablet and by mouth. They often prescribed in conjunction with painkillers.

Learn more about these drugs in our medication for arthritis section.

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