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Why can you take steroids only for a short time for rheumatoid arthritis?

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Because of the risk of side effects, you should only use glucocorticoids for brief periods, for example, when disease flares up or until disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs reach their full effectiveness. If your side effects are severe, don't stop taking the drug suddenly. Talk first with your doctor about what to do.

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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