Experts Reveal the Potential Benefits of RA Drugs


Orlando, FL -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/09/2015 -- Rheumatoid arthritis drugs, such as pain relief medications, have been a subject of controversies due to the side effects associated with their use. While it seems that the reputation of these medications has been stained, arthritis sufferers should have a clear understanding about their positive and negative effects.

Experts reveal the potential benefits of RA drugs. Many RA sufferers take multiple medications in order to manage their pain. With the help of their healthcare providers, their condition is being monitored and their treatments adjusted to control the disease activity.

According to Susan Manzi, M.D., MPH, director of the Lupus Center for Excellence and Chair of Medicine, it is fascinating to recognize the added benefits of rheumatoid arthritis medications of which many are not even aware.

There are RA drugs believed to reduce cardiovascular risk, especially those used by individuals who are newly diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Certain RA medications reduce pain and slow down the progression of rheumatoid arthritis. Unfortunately, they are also associated with the risk of infection and liver damage.

In the 2010 review analysis of 18 studies by the Southampton General Hospital, it was found that a particular RA drug was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. This finding can provide hope to arthritis sufferers who are also at risk of the heart condition.

Christopher J. Edwards, FRCP, M.D., Southampton General Hospital's Consultant Rheumatologist reveals that using the RA drug may potentially shut off the inflammation that causes atherosclerosis. This condition is an inflammatory disease that is characterized by a buildup of fatty plaque in the arteries. It is the leading cause of heart attacks.

While the study has revealed some positive effects in the use of the RA drug, the right dose for the medication for the purpose of reducing cardiovascular risk has not been established yet. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and biologics such as TNF inhibitors are also widely used by arthritis sufferers.

In addition to pharmaceutical drugs, there are other remedies believed to be advantageous to sufferers. Glucosamine is one of the most popular natural remedies widely used by many individuals who suffer from arthritis.

Glucosamine is believed to help regain the health of a damage joint cartilage. It is also believed to offer various health benefits. Today, more and more people believe that glucosamine is a better alternative to arthritis pain relief drugs. This is due to the fact that it is not just therapeutic, but it also doesn't cause side effects ( ).

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