Analgesics (painkillers) regularly are prescribed to treat pain and stiffness associated with JIA. Children with arthritis most commonly use:
This class of drugs helps reduce swelling, ease stiffness, and relieve pain. It includes Ibuprofen, Diclofenac (Voltarol), Naproxen (Naprosyn) and Piroxicam (Feldene).
Paracetamol does not reduce inflammation but is effective in alleviating pain and fever. It often is used alongside NSAIDs.
As with all medications, it is crucial that analgesics are taken as prescribed. Taking too many pain relievers, or taking them too frequently, can cause serious complications.