There are many medications prescribed for Rheumatoid Arthritis. No two cases are exactly the same, and the treatment approach will depend on the severity of symptoms. Most people will need to try several different medications, or combinations of medications to find a cocktail that works best for them.
The most important class of medications in the treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis are DMARDs (Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatics) and bDMARDs (Biological Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatics). bDMARDs are very expensive medications, and in Australia there is a strict criteria and you will need to try and fail several DMARDs before being allowed to try bDMARDs The chart below is taken from the Australian Prescriber website, and lays out the criteria that your rheumatologist will use to choose the appropriate medication.
Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis – Criteria for selecting a DMARD