Treatment of arthritis

What was the most unexpected side effect of your rheumatoid arthritis or RA treatment? Doctors refer to inflammation in RA as disease activity. Research shows that tight control can prevent or slow the pace of treatment of arthritis damage.

There are different drugs used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. They are used to help ease arthritis pain and inflammation. NSAIDs include such drugs as ibuprofen, ketoprofen and naproxen sodium, among others. For people who have had or are at risk of stomach ulcers, the doctor may prescribe celecoxib, a type of NSAID called a COX-2 inhibitor, which is designed to be safer for the stomach. Because of the risk of side effects with these drugs, doctors prefer to use them for as short a time as possible and in doses as low as possible.

Traditional DMARDs include methotrexate, hydroxycholorquine, sulfasalazine, leflunomide, cyclophosphamide and azathioprine. These medicines can be taken by mouth, be self-injected or given as an infusion in a doctor’s office. These drugs are a subset of DMARDs. DMARDs, and are injected or given by infusion in a doctor’s office.

Because they target specific steps in theinflammatory process, they don’t wipe out the entire immune response as some other RA treatments do. Janus kinase, or JAK, pathways, which are involved in the body’s immune response. Tofacitinib belongs to this class. Unlike biologics, it can be taken by mouth. Joint replacement surgery can relieve pain and restore function in joints badly damaged by RA. The procedure involves replacing damaged parts of a joint with metal and plastic parts.

Hip and knee replacements are most common. However, ankles, shoulders, wrists, elbows, and other joints may be considered for replacement. 526 0 0 0 1. 51 0 0 0 2. 515 0 0 0 3. 517 0 0 0 4. 18 0 0 1 6 23.