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Understanding Arthritis Painkillers

Weighing the Risks and Benefits

Common Medicines for Arthritis Pain continued...

He notes that only a third of people with rheumatoid arthritis need aggressive treatment. He says he turns to biologics only for patients who have progressive rheumatoid arthritis. "If we treat them all aggressively, how will we know if they really need these serious drugs -- and for how long?"

Published May 2007.

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