Antibiotics for rheumatoid arthritis treatment is seldom used, in fact people will be amazed to hear that, as R A (rheumatoid arthritis) treatment is certainly not synonymous with antibiotic treatment. Mostly common names behind the R A medicinal treatment are N S A I D (non steroidal anti inflammatory drug), D M A R D (disease modifying anti rheumatic drug), corticosteroid etc.
But sometimes earlier it was believed that antibiotics are efficient enough to fight rheumatoid arthritis. Especially tetracycline antibiotics, like; minocycline and doxycycline, a daily dosage of hundred milligrams can effectively decrease the symptoms of R A. But it was proven to be an illusionary conclusion, rather than a much anticipated scientifically proven fact.
With nearly hundred types of arthritis and none are curable, as it happens with any of the auto immune diseases. Pain and tolerance is certainly a prime concern to all the researcher and doctors. If somebody follows the past history of rheumatoid arthritis treatment history, one must be certainly familiar with 1930’s medical discovery. In that discovery it was said that bacteria is the prime cause of the R A disease but it was not proven with authority and scientifical back ground and hence denied by many. But few years later, in 1939 a scientific study showed that mycoplasma bacteria and the major success of by isolating it and exudates in the R A patients tissues.
Thomas McPherson Brown was a famous rheumatologist who advocated for the tetracycline antibiotic to treat R A (rheumatoid arthritis). National institute of health (N I H) pursued Dr McPherson’s work and grant application for the further studies of tetracycline and requested for controlled clinical experiments. The first output of that study is known as M I R A (minocycline in rheumatoid arthritis) because of this promising preliminary trials further grant were allowed to study the bacteria mycoplasma and various infectious agent, which were known to be the cause of R A. There was a self pressed pilot experiment to produce intravenous antibiotics for R A.
The final outcome of the clinical trial of M I R A stated categorically that, patients do have a proven alternative to treat R A. Where it was also mentioned in bold that, anti biotic suppress the R A symptoms and with very minimal side effects in comparison to various other R A treatments. But the real question is whether antibiotics for rheumatoid arthritis are really a potent alternative to other forms of R A treatment?
According to food and drug administration (F D A) categorically stated that antibiotics are not a replacement of D M A R D (disease modifying anti rheumatic drug). Hence, out rightly denied the M I R A’s theory of the late 90’s. But F D A also stated that minocycline can be used to treat mild R A. This is because some antibiotic do possesses anti inflammatory properties but also mentioned that excess use of it can make the virus or bacteria more resistant. Present days medicines like N S A I D or D M A RD is far more potent as compared to antibiotics for rheumatoid arthritis.