What are the goals for rheumatoid arthritis treatment?
The American College of Rheumatology suggests certain goals in managing rheumatoid arthritis (RA):
- Prevent or control joint damage
- Prevent loss of function
- Decrease pain
Your rheumatologist should be familiar with the approaches used to help reach these goals, including the various rheumatoid arthritis medications.
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What rheumatoid arthritis treatment options are available to me?
A number of rheumatoid arthritis treatments and approaches can help with these goals, including physical and occupational therapy, exercise and medications.
Some of these medications are used for the purpose of pain relief only (analgesics) and others are used to reduce joint inflammation (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, and corticosteroids).
One class of prescription medicines used to treat RA is called DMARDs or Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs. For people with moderately to severely active RA, biologic DMARDs (biologics) may be an option. Biologics are used to treat the pain and swelling of RA, but some may also help prevent further joint damage. Talk with your rheumatologist about the risks and benefits of your rheumatoid arthritis treatment options.
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