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How do steroids treat RA?

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For severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or symptom flare-ups, your doctor may recommend steroids to ease the pain and stiffness of affected joints. In most cases, they can be used temporarily to calm a symptom flare-up. However, some people need to take steroids for a longer time to control pain and inflammation.

You can get steroids as a shot directly into an inflamed joint or take them as a pill. (These are not the type of steroids that bulk up your muscles.) Potential side effects of long-term steroid use include high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and diabetes. When used appropriately, however, steroids quickly improve pain and inflammation.

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Arthritis Today: “Rheumatoid Arthritis Remission.” FDA. “Therapeutics for Rheumatoid Arthritis.” “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.” “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.” Simponi web site. The Arthritis Foundation: “Alternative Therapies.” The Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment.” The National Library of Medicine: “Rheumatoid Arthritis.”  

 

 

Reviewed by David Zelman on August 23, 2018

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Arthritis Today: “Rheumatoid Arthritis Remission.” FDA. “Therapeutics for Rheumatoid Arthritis.” “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.” “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.” Simponi web site. The Arthritis Foundation: “Alternative Therapies.” The Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment.” The National Library of Medicine: “Rheumatoid Arthritis.”  

 

 

Reviewed by David Zelman on August 23, 2018

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