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How can biologic response modifiers (biologics) help with treating arthritis?

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Approved to treat certain forms of inflammatory arthritis such as psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis, biologic response modifiers (biologics) work by altering the function of the immune system that attacks the joints.

You get these medicines by IV infusion or by an injection, and they are more expensive than other types of arthritis drugs.

From: Arthritis Drug Overview WebMD Medical Reference

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WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Arthritis: Topical Painkillers;" "Anti-Inflammatory Painkillers and Arthritis;" "Steroids to Treat Arthritis;" "Arthritis: Disease Modifying Medications;" "New Treatments for Inflammatory Arthritis: Biologics;" "Arthritis: Narcotic Pain Relievers;" "Chemotherapy Drugs to treat Arthritis;" "Hyaluronan Injections to Treat Osteoarthritis;" and "Gout."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 21, 2018

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WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Arthritis: Topical Painkillers;" "Anti-Inflammatory Painkillers and Arthritis;" "Steroids to Treat Arthritis;" "Arthritis: Disease Modifying Medications;" "New Treatments for Inflammatory Arthritis: Biologics;" "Arthritis: Narcotic Pain Relievers;" "Chemotherapy Drugs to treat Arthritis;" "Hyaluronan Injections to Treat Osteoarthritis;" and "Gout."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 21, 2018

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