Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease that causes joint pain swelling and inflammation. This happens when the body’s immune systems does not recognize them and hence produces chemicals that destroy these healthy cells instead of destroying the harmful bacteria and fungi. The drugs used in the management of rheumatoid arthritis mainly focus on reducing the number of the white cells since they are the ones involved in attacking the body’s tissues. This puts you under the risk of contracting infections and this is the reason you find people with rheumatoid arthritis developing the rheumatoid arthritis fever. However, not all rheumatoid arthritis management drugs are bad and they are meant to save you from serious risks that rheumatoid arthritis outs you in such as permanent deformity.
Early management of rheumatoid arthritis helps save you from facing the more harmful effects of rheumatoid arthritis if it is not treated in time. Once you note the initial symptoms it is good to see a rheumatologist who is supposed to control the progression of the disease by use of disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (Dmards). One you are diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, the first step to help you manage your condition is being taught how to deal with your present situation. In case your diagnoses has been too late to de determined or you have had the symptoms for more than six weeks, then you are put under a more serious treatment therapy to help control the progression of the disease.
Remember that the medication used in management of rheumatoid arthritis has side effects and this leaves the doctors with the option of going for the drugs with fewer side effects. Among these drugs that can be applied to treat rheumatoid arthritis includes the NSAIDs; non- steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that are meant to prevent joint pain and inflammation as well as damage. Although they can be bought over the counter, it is always good to get the prescription from a doctor as there are some NSAIDs that are very strong and have stronger side effects. Steroids are another type of drugs that is used in management of rheumatoid arthritis, it works by reducing pain, inflammation and prevent chances of joint damage.
Disease modifying antirheumatic drugs commonly known Dmards is other type of drugs used in management of rheumatoid arthritis. These are good in that they not only slow down the progression and reduce the joint pain but they also protect you from permanent joint pain and damage. Among these is the mostly used methotrexate. You should use these under the doctor’s prescription as they also have negative side effects. Immunosuppressant on the other hand are meant slow the rate your immune system attacks your healthy tissues. TNF inhibitors on the other hand are meant to reduce symptoms such as morning stiffness, pain, swollen joints and tenderness of the joints. Remember that there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis; management of rheumatoid arthritis is just meant to protect you from serious damage that might occur if the disease goes untaken care of.