As you may already know, rheumatoid arthritis is very painful and also very fast to progress in affecting more joints; in this case doctors use certain medications that lower down the disease progression in the body. The drugs used to lower the rate at which rheumatoid arthritis progress in the body are known as disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDS). The treatment using these drugs in the rheumatoid arthritis is therefore known as Dmards for rheumatoid arthritis and is a very important aspect of fighting with this disease. Once they are administered, the disease stops progressing and therefore less pain and inflammation and easier treatment.
The reason for the name disease modifying is because Dmards act as an immune system and that is how they prevent further progression of the disease in the body. There are quite a good number of Dmards for rheumatoid arthritis but due to one reason or another, you will find that some are more used than others. The most commonly used dmard is the methotrexate; it has proved to work better on its own than any other dmard and hence its wide range use. In addition to this it is also safer and very cheap and hence many paints can afford it. Methotrexate is also very safe to use in children and can be taken for a long period before having negative effects on the patient. However just like all other Dmards, it has its own side effects that it causes to the patient. Some of these side effects include stomach upset, liver and bone marrow infection and breath shortness. It is advisable to carryout exercises that will speed up blood work and take enough folic acid in order to reduce the effect of methotrexate.
As the research of rheumatoid arthritis cure progresses, doctors have come up with other new drugs that help neutralize the effects of rheumatoid arthritis. These new Dmards for rheumatoid arthritis can de use in conjunction with methotrexate to improve on the patient’s condition. The new Dmards include enbrel, kineret, remicade, rituxan, cimzia, simpon and humira; they are administered by either being injected in the vein or under the skin. As you may already be aware rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the body fights against its own immune system, these Dmards therefore neutralize the immune system that causes inflammation. In this way they reduce the progression of rheumatoid arthritis in the body.
In mild rheumatoid arthritis, azulfidine and plaquenil are the most commonly used Dmards for rheumatoid arthritis. Although they are not very strong as the other Dmards, they also do not have many side effects and therefore highly used. The common and only side effect that can be caused by using these Dmards is the eye infection and this requires that the patient sees a doctor regularly. To reduce rheumatoid arthritis inflammation doctors administer a dmard known as minoci, this dmard takes a long period before its treatment effects can be observed and therefore requires lots of patience from the patient.
The other Dmards for rheumatoid arthritis include the imuran which is used to reduce joint inflammation; its side effects include nausea and vomiting. Arava, when used with methotrexate can have greater healing effects; however it is not recommended in pregnant women as it affects the fetus, its other side effects include diarrhea. When administering Dmards for rheumatoid arthritis, doctors always recommend those with fewer side effects. With the increased research of the right rheumatoid arthritis medication, physicians are still coming up with safer Dmards.