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How do steroids help rheumatoid arthritis?

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Also called glucocorticoids, these strong anti-inflammatory drugs can also block other immune responses. They can help relieve rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and may stop or slow joint damage. You take them by pill or by injection.

  • Betamethasone (Celestone)
  • Prednisone (Rayos)

From: Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Guide WebMD Medical Reference

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American College of Rheumatology: "Rheumatoid Arthritis." Amgen Prescribing Information, Amjevita. Arthur Kavanaugh, MD, rheumatologist; professor of medicine, University of California at San Diego. Arthritis Foundation: "Drug Guide." eMedicine Health: "Rheumatoid Arthritis." FDA: "Therapeutics for Rheumatoid Arthritis." “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.” "Prescribing Information, Infliximab-dyyb (Inflectra)." “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.” Medscape: "FDA Approves Orencia." Simponi.  Singh, R. vol 17: pp 274-279. WebMD Medical News: "New Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Work Well." "Celebrex Linked to Heart Attacks." WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: "Rheumatoid Arthritis -- Medications." WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic: "Arthritis Medicines Overview," "Steroids to Treat Arthritis," "Disease-Modifying Medications," "Biologics."










Current Opinion in Rheumatology;

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 04, 2018

SOURCES: 

American College of Rheumatology: "Rheumatoid Arthritis." Amgen Prescribing Information, Amjevita. Arthur Kavanaugh, MD, rheumatologist; professor of medicine, University of California at San Diego. Arthritis Foundation: "Drug Guide." eMedicine Health: "Rheumatoid Arthritis." FDA: "Therapeutics for Rheumatoid Arthritis." “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.” "Prescribing Information, Infliximab-dyyb (Inflectra)." “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.” Medscape: "FDA Approves Orencia." Simponi.  Singh, R. vol 17: pp 274-279. WebMD Medical News: "New Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Work Well." "Celebrex Linked to Heart Attacks." WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: "Rheumatoid Arthritis -- Medications." WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic: "Arthritis Medicines Overview," "Steroids to Treat Arthritis," "Disease-Modifying Medications," "Biologics."










Current Opinion in Rheumatology;

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 04, 2018

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