A rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease manifested by incessant joint inflammations. It also causes inflammations on the joints’ surrounding tissues. Autoimmune diseases happen when the body’s immune system erroneously attack it’s own body tissues. The immune system is normally composed of complex configurations of antibodies and cells that destroy invaders, specifically infections. Those prone to an autoimmune disease have antibodies along their blood that fight against their own tissues, thus, affecting to different organs in the body. A rheumatoid arthritis is labeled as a systematic illness and also referred to as rheumatoid disease.
People with this autoimmune condition take on a rheumatoid arthritis medication. These medications are sometimes used in relieving pain, while certain type of rheumatoid arthritis medication serves in reducing inflammations. Other still uses DMARD’s or disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs to delay the development of the disease. In taking any rheumatoid arthritis medication, it is essential to consider some factors such as the patient’s general condition, the severity and current state of the disease, the drug’s efficiency, the time span in which the drug is to be taken, and its plausible side effects.
New group of drugs called the biologic response modifiers are used in treating rheumatoid arthritis. These drugs aid in reducing structural damage and inflammations by blocking off cytokines. Cytokines are body proteins that prompt inflammations on the course of immune responses. Drugs of this type are infliximab, adalimuma, and etanercept all work in decreasing the inflammation by hindering TNF-a molecular reactions. Another rheumatoid arthritis medication called anakinra obstructs the interleukin 1 or IL-1 protein that is present among rheumatoid arthritis patients.
For the past years, doctors have been using aspirin as a rheumatoid arthritis medication for pain relief. Physical therapy and rest also do wonders for the disease. As the intensity of the illness heightened, more doses and higher forms of drugs are prescribed.
Recently, medical doctors have tried another approach, particularly applied on patients suffering from more severe conditions and rapidly progressing arthritis. Studies suggest that the use of powerful drugs during the early course of the treatment is more beneficial. The same can be said of using combination of drugs rather than one rheumatoid arthritis medication only. In this way, joint damage will be efficiently avoided. As soon as the disease shows positive changes or gets better, doctors may reduce the dosage gradually or patient will be prescribed milder medications.
Since rheumatoid arthritis is considered to be chronic, this illness may sporadically linger on for years, with patients not experiencing any symptoms for some time. However, rheumatoid arthritis has the capability to cause functional disability and joint destruction.