Additional Drugs Used for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Tofacitinib
This medication was approved in late 2012. Unlike many newer RA medications (which must be injected), tofacitinib is taken by mouth. It belongs to a class of medications known as kinase inhibitors. Notable side effects include (but are not limited to) an increased risk for infections and increased cholesterol. This medication (like many other RA medications) is prone to several different drug interactions, so it is essential that your healthcare provider knows about every medication you take.
 

Biologic Response Modifiers

Biologic response modifiers are the newest medications for rheumatoid arthritis. These medications selectively block parts of the immune system called cytokines. Cytokines play a role in inflammation. The long-term efficacy and safety of these drugs are uncertain.
 
Side effects can include an increased risk of infection (especially tuberculosis), pneumonia, and listeriosis (a food borne illness caused by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes).
 
It is important to avoid eating undercooked foods (including unpasteurized cheeses, cold cuts, and hot dogs) because undercooked food can cause listeriosis for patients taking biologic response modifiers.
 
Four types of biologic response modifiers include:
 
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