Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment: Medicine
Although there is no known cure for rheumatoid arthritis, there are many ways to control the disease and prevent irreversible complications. The goals of treatment for rheumatoid arthritis aim toward:
- relieving symptoms
- preserving joint function
- maintaining mobility and range-of-motion * preventing joint destruction and deformity
- improving physical function and quality of life.
Early intervention has been shown to considerably decrease a patient's risk of suffering from the debilitating complications of rheumatoid arthritis. Treatment options include medications, physical and occupational therapy, and surgery.
In the last few years, the shift in strategy toward giving disease-modifying drugs at the early course of the disease and the arrival of new classes of medications have greatly improved the expected treatment outcomes. Many drugs for rheumatoid arthritis have potentially serious side effects. Typically, the medications with the fewest side effects are preferred as the first-line of treatment. As the disease progresses, more aggressive medical treatment might be needed. Below are the classes of drugs used in treating rheumatoid arthritis.
Effect of NSAIDs on Rheumatoid Arthritis
NSAID's seem to beneficially affect several physiologic processes present in individuals with rheumatoid arthritis including prostaglandin production. Prostaglandin is a naturally-occurring chemical...
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Effect of Prednisone on Rheumatoid Arthritis
Corticosteroids are naturaly-occuring substances produced by the adrenal glands. Corticosteroid medications have potent anti-inflammatory properties, and are used in a wide range of conditions...
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Effect of Methotrexate on Rheumatoid Arthritis
Disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) seem to work by preventing the immune cells from attacking the connective tissues and Methotrexate specifically interferes with the way cells use...
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