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Why should you take medication for rheumatoid arthritis?

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Arthritis medications play an essential role in controlling the progression and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Doctors know that an aggressive approach starting soon after diagnosis is often more effective. It results in fewer symptoms, better function, less joint damage, and decreased disability. The goal is to put the disease into remission, if possible.

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

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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

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