It’s critical to know the risks of not taking medication to prevent future gout attacks.
If you get frequent gout attacks or have evidence that the disease has caused a visible buildup of uric acid crystals (tophi), then your doctor has likely recommended taking a preventive gout medication to protect your joints. Two options —...
This steroid is commonly prescribed to help with RA flares. Here’s what you need to know before you start it.
Corticosteroid injections can help relieve both inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis. Find out more if they’re a good pain relief option for you.
A new study compared infection risks among different biologics for RA — and Orencia came out ahead.
This is important news for doctors and patients to know about.
Reports of pain were similar between the drug and a placebo after four months.
New research sheds light on more ways to manage the opioid epidemic.
PASDAS is a new assessment tool that uses patient feedback about quality of life in addition to physician evaluations.
Here’s what medications doctors are likely to prescribe for PsA first.
This newer biologic may be safer and more effective than older and more commonly prescribed drugs.
If you only pay attention to current symptoms and disease activity, you might not be getting enough treatment that’s aggressive enough to protect your health in the future.
First: They’re not generic drugs. Well, not really.
A small initial study was promising, but more research is needed.
New research further confirms that patients with AS have options when it comes to picking the best treatment for them.
It’s normal to have questions (okay, a lot of questions) about taking methotrexate. Is it really a cancer drug? Can you drink alcohol? Get answers here.
There’s no burn with this version, patients report.
People who take Enbrel (etanercept) for inflammatory arthritis know that it can be incredibly expensive. But in recent years, some “biosimilar” options — which are considered comparable to the original medication yet have the potential to be far less expensive...
A new study found that methotrexate didn’t reduce the risk of heart attacks in people without arthritis.
Here’s why the disease progresses, what to expect, and how to stop it.
The guidelines address tailoring recommendations for people with inflammatory arthritis and advise when to use medications beyond statins.
This newer class of medications are becoming prescribed more often.
Do you need to cut out drinking when you start MTX? Here's what the latest thinking says.
These drugs are commonly used to treat arthritis flares, but you need to know about their side effects.
Could a lack of health insurance coverage of back pain remedies be contributing to the opioid crisis?
A new study found a possible connection between checkpoint inhibitor drugs and rheumatological conditions.
'Treat to target' means your doctor should set a specific goal for you and treat you as intensely as needed to make that goal happen.
Many RA patients are supposed to take methotrexate once a week but often miss a dose. A weekly reminder via text message could make all the difference.
RA studies aren't usually designed in a way that makes the results easily translatable to regular patients, according to a recent analysis of almost 100 clinical trials.
Most people are quick to reach for a pain reliever when they get a bad headache, and they wouldn’t hesitate to apply a cream for a rash. But convincing someone to take — and keep taking — medication for an...
There's no clear evidence that drugs like DMARDs and/or TNF inhibitors make people ankylosing spondylitis more likely to be hospitalized from infection.
Some psoriatic arthritis patients may be able to take a common TNF inhibitor drug less frequently and still maintain remission.
Researchers found an association between obesity and less effectiveness of tumour necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFi).
Extended study reinforces the importance of early interventions for rheumatoid arthritis.
A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) previously thought to carry heart attack risk is no likelier to do so than are naproxen (Aleve) and ibuprofen (Advil). That’s what a U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel said recently about celecoxib (Celebrex), coming...
The disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug methotrexate, the first line of defense against rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, is administered as a weekly pill or a shot. Many patients find it helps keep their symptoms under control for years, but up to a quarter...
Asking your doctor is among the best ways to find out about new treatments and clinical trials.
The introduction of biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs are associated with a decrease in total knee replacements among RA patients.
Rheumatoid arthritis patients who take opioids or antidepressants are likelier to fracture their bones, according to research presented at the 2017 American College of Rheumatology annual meeting in San Diego.
“The results of this preliminary study may help rheumatologists to differentiate RA patients who would successfully down-titrate biologics”
Treat-to-target, evidence-based guidelines recommend that rheumatoid arthritis patients be monitored regularly for disease activity.
Patients with longstanding rheumatoid arthritis, called refractory, who had been treated with tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFis), saw improvements after a year of taking rituximab (Rituxan). That’s according to an analysis from the Corrona RA registry, which was published in...
On July 27, German pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim announced it had enrolled the first patient in a study intended to demonstrate that a biosimilar is interchangeable with Humira (adalimumab) for treating patients with moderate-to-severe chronic plaque psoriasis. Ivan Blanarik, Boehringer Ingelheim’s...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the drug guselkumab (tremfya) to treat moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis, announced Janssen Biotech, part of Johnson & Johnson, in a release. The drug is “the first and only approved biologic therapy that selectively blocks...
Focused ultrasound (FUS) operates by an analogous principle to “using a magnifying glass to focus beams of sunlight on a single point to burn a hole in a leaf,” notes the Focused Ultrasound Foundation. “With focused ultrasound, an acoustic lens...
White went into the first meeting with a “great deal of skepticism,” expecting “New Age-y” nonsense. Instead, he found practical advice, ranging from how to lift heavy objects with his legs, rather than his back, and how to process childhood traumas.
Many of the patients that Michael George and his colleagues at Penn Medicine see in their Philadelphia clinic elect to get surgery at some point. Common procedures for older patients are hip and knee replacements, and those surgeries are even...
Dr. David O’Reilly a friendly rheumatologist from the UK recently published some facts about gout. Read below to learn more. Gout is common. 2 million Americans suffer from gout. Gout is caused by uric acid. Uric acid is produced when our...
I still remember my first visit with my rheumatologist when he told me I had psoriatic arthritis. It didn’t register. What in the world was psoriatic arthritis? I didn’t have psoriasis! As an RN I had taken care of patients...
This post is going to upset some people in the arthritis community who insist they are undergoing chemotherapy, and that’s fine. I wish I had known that methotrexate when used to treat inflammatory arthritis was NOT considered chemotherapy by doctors when I...
We don’t talk about this stuff often. When it all goes wrong. A surgery. A procedure. A new drug. A new promise. Promise to reduce your pain, increase your quality of life. We research. We believe. We hope. We trust....
There’s no doubt about it, an osteoarthritis appointment can sometimes feel a bit like an exam. In addition to a complete physical examination, x-rays, MRIs and laboratory tests, your doctor will ask you many questions. Each one you have to...