Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) help treat pain an inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis. They do not stop the progression of the disease or joint damage, which is why a DMARD, such as methotrexate or a biologic, is typically used in combination.
I was reading through the MyRACentral News Page the other day and an article about Celebrex caught my eye. Celebrex is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) in the COX-2 inhibitor family. A similar drug, Vioxx, manufactured by rival company Merck, was withdrawn from the market in September 2004 because of increased risk of…