Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis patients frequently seek a permanent cure or the magic pill for this disorder while there is no such thing. Rheumatoid is an idiopathic (of unknown cause) disorder, so doctors cannot treat RA patients by eliminating its cause. Many doctors say that there is no direct cure for rheumatoid but otherwise, they recommend different pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic methods of treatment. RA patients should consider setting realistic goals for their therapy. Symptomatic treatment is the major pathway for rheumatoid patients. Rheumatologists’ main concern is reducing inflammation and remission of rheumatoid symptoms. Clinical studies show that controlling rheumatoid by the proper type of therapy is the key to reducing further consequences. Patients with early-staged rheumatoid have several options for treatment including medications, physical therapy, lifestyle changes, and surgery.
Rheumatologists may rely on medications in treating rheumatoid patients. It is believed that medications play a major rule in slowing down disease progression and preventing serious complications. So, what are the best medications for rheumatoid arthritis? We will cover the most used drugs:
1) Non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
Non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs are the first line of treatment for patients with mild to moderate rheumatoid arthritis. NSAIDs approved its efficacy in reducing inflammation and act as prophylactic medications to relieve and prevent symptoms during flare-ups. NSAIDs may not be potent enough in relieving symptoms of moderate to severe rheumatoid. Although Rheumatologists usually give NSAIDs to relieve pain and limit joint damage, they do not recommend them for long term treatment because of their side effects. Most of the NSAIDs cause stomach irritation and increase patient’s risk of getting stomach ulcers so doctors usually give PPI drugs to prevent damage to the stomach lining. Celecoxib (Celebrex) is the safest and effective NSAID in treating rheumatoid arthritis.