The RA biologics are wonder drugs for some. For the rest of us, they have pitfalls. Actemra causes MS. The JAK inhibitors cause cancer. What gives?
My upcoming book, My Rheumatoid Arthritis Handbook, is a comprehensive source of RA information. It ranges from a discussion on symptoms to the financials of RA.
The American College of Rheumatology sets the protocols for RA treatment.
The biologic drugs for rheumatoid arthritis have risks. But for many who have RA, the risks are worth it. With proper precautions the drugs can be taken safely.
This is an update to an article published Last November in response to the New England Journal of medicine analysis of the Oral Surveillance on Xeljanz.
The reality is that the biologics do not relieve the RA symptoms for most of us. You only have to read the drug inserts to understand why.
With Shingrix you will less likely have Shingles and less likely have neuro complications caused by the varicella zoster virus.
When my biologic stopped working, what was next? Orencia is the safest of the biologics, but only works about ten months for me. There is Actemra.
Diagnosis of RA especially seronegative RA requires a good history, tests, and a doctor’s experience. Here is a simple test doctors use.
Fundamentally we have four choices for pain relief on the drugstore shelf.