More Info on Relieving Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (DMARDs)
These are drugs used to treat people with rheumatoid arthritis who have not responded to NSAIDs. Some of these include the new drug leflunomide (Arava®). Other DMARDs used in rheumatoid arthritis for pain relief include:
  
 
These medications are thought to influence and correct abnormalities of the immune system responsible for a disease like rheumatoid arthritis. Treatment with these medications requires careful monitoring to avoid side effects.
 
Corticosteroids
Corticosteroids are hormones that are effective at treating arthritis, but cause many side effects. They can be taken by mouth or given by injection. Prednisone is the corticosteroid most often given by mouth to reduce inflammation with rheumatoid arthritis. A doctor also may inject a corticosteroid into the affected joint to stop pain.
 
Because frequent injections may cause damage to the cartilage, they should be done only once or twice a year.
  
Other Products
Hyaluronic acid products like Hyalgan® and Synvisc® mimic a naturally occurring body substance that lubricates the knee joint and permits flexible joint movement without pain. A blood-filtering device called the Prosorba® Column is used in some healthcare facilities for filtering out harmful antibodies in people with severe rheumatoid arthritis.
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