A list of the most popular arthritis and pain relief medication. All of the most commonly prescribed medicines, drugs, and medications have been included. Prescription medication, as the name would imply, is medicine requiring a prescription from an authorized health practitioner such as a medical doctor, dentist, psychiatrist, or nurse practitioner. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) governs which drugs require a prescription. Over the counter drugs (OTC drugs) are considered much safer, with a reduced risk of adverse side effects. In contrast, prescription drugs are considered potent enough to require an expert's supervision. Interestingly enough, the same drug can be both over the counter, and prescription based depending upon the drug's dosage.
Some of these drugs can greatly increase people's comfort. Living with arthritis and other types of pain isn't ideal, and these medications can greatly help your way of life. Different doctors have different ideas on what types of medicines will help you, so it would be best to consult him or her first, especially since these are serious drugs.
This list uses the drug's brand name where available, otherwise the generic name is provided.Source: http://www.bcbstx.com/pdf/druglist.pdf