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What was the rheumatoid arthritis treatment 20 years ago?

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Twenty years ago, your doctor told you to take over-the-counter or prescription drugs to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. You got a corticosteroid shot. The doctor waited to prescribe stronger medicines -- and choices were limited back then -- until your rheumatoid arthritis got worse. The approach was to treat flares, not the disease itself.

From: New Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American College of Rheumatology: “Biologic Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Will JAK Inhibitors Change Your RA Treatment?”

Cohen, M. Omair. , Aug. 2013. International Journal of Clinical Rheumatology

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment.”

Lv, S. , published online Oct. 20, 2014. Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Handout on Health: Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

O’Dell, J. , published online July 25, 2013. New England Journal of Medicine

Singh, J. , May 2012. Arthritis Care & Research

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 04, 2018

SOURCES:

American College of Rheumatology: “Biologic Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Will JAK Inhibitors Change Your RA Treatment?”

Cohen, M. Omair. , Aug. 2013. International Journal of Clinical Rheumatology

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment.”

Lv, S. , published online Oct. 20, 2014. Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Handout on Health: Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

O’Dell, J. , published online July 25, 2013. New England Journal of Medicine

Singh, J. , May 2012. Arthritis Care & Research

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 04, 2018

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