Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder affecting joints

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is long-term disease. Its symptoms can come and go, and it’s different for each person.  Some people have long periods when their disease isn’t active. They have few or no symptoms during this time. Others feel it for months at a time. 

Conditions

Stiffness. The joint is harder to use and doesn't move as well as it should. It’s especially common in the morning. While many people with other forms of arthritis have stiff joints in the morning, it takes people with rheumatoid arthritis more than an hour (sometimes several hours) before their joints feel loose.

Swelling: Fluid enters the joint and makes it puffy.

Pain: Inflammation inside a joint makes it sensitive and tender. Over time, it causes damage and pain.

Redness and warmth: The joints may be warmer and more pink or red than skin around it.

Medications

ACTEMRA - Self Injection

ACTEMRA is used to reduce the pain, swelling, and progressive joint damage associated with RA. It works by blocking one of the chemical messengers in the body associated with inflammation.

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CIMZIA

CIMZIA is used to help patients with Crohn's attain and keep in remission their Crohn's Disease. It works by blocking one of the chemical messengers in the body associated with inflammation.

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COSENTYX

COSENTYX is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis that involves large areas and psoriatic arthritis. It works by blocking one of the chemical messengers in the body associated with inflammation.

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ENBREL

ENBREL is used to reduce the pain, swelling, and progressive joint damage associated with Plaque Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis. It works by blocking one of the chemical messengers in the body associated with inflammation.

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HP ACTHAR GEL - RA

HP Acthar Gel (corticotropin) is a prescription medication approved by the FDA as adjunctive therapy for short-term administration (to tide the patient over an acute episode or exacerbation) in psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, including juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (selected cases may require low-dose maintenance therapy), and ankylosing spondylitis. Acthar works directly with your body to help produce its own natural steroid hormones. It is not a steroid.

HUMIRA - RA

HUMIRA is used to reduce the pain, swelling, and progressive joint damage associated with RA. It works by blocking one of the chemical messengers in the body associated with inflammation.

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ILARIS

ILARIS is used to treat a certain group of inherited disorders called cryopyrin-associated periodic syndromes (CAPS). ILARIS works by blocking a certain natural protein in your body (interleukin-1 beta) that may worsen the symptoms of CAPS. It does not cure CAPS, but it can help lessen the symptoms, including rash, joint/muscle pain, fever, eye redness, and tiredness. ILARIS is also used to treat a certain type of rheumatoid arthritis in children (systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis-SJIA).

KINERET

KINERET is used to reduce the pain, swelling and progressive joint damage associated with RA. It works by blocking one of the chemical messengers in the body associated with inflammation.

KRYSTEXXA

KRYSTEXXA (Pegloticase) is used to treat gout which has not responded to the usual treatments. It works by lowering high levels of uric acid in your body. Increased uric acid in your body can cause gout.

METHOTREXATE - Rheumatoid Arthritis

METHOTREXATE is used to reduce the pain, swelling and progressive joint damage associated with RA. It works by blocking one of the chemical messengers in the body associated with inflammation. Methotrexate is used alone or with other RA medications when Methotrexate alone does not relieve the symptoms.

ORENCIA

ORENCIA is used to reduce the pain, swelling, and progressive joint damage associated with RA. It works by blocking one of the chemical messengers in the body associated with inflammation, and may be used with other RA treatments except TNF Inhibitors.

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OTEZLA

OTEZLA, is used to reduce the pain, swelling, and progressive joint damage associated with Plaque Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis. It works by blocking one of the chemical messengers in the body associated with inflammation.

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OTREXUP - RA

OTREXUP (Methotrexate) is used to reduce the pain, swelling and progressive joint damage associated with RA. It works by blocking one of the chemical messengers in the body associated with inflammation. Methotrexate is used alone or with other RA medications when Methotrexate alone does not relieve the symptoms.

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RASUVO - RA

RASUVO (METHOTREXATE) is used to reduce the pain, swelling and progressive joint damage associated with RA. It works by blocking one of the chemical messengers in the body associated with inflammation. Methotrexate is used alone or with other RA medications when Methotrexate alone does not relieve the symptoms.

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REMICADE - RA

REMICADE, (along with Methotrexate), is used to reduce the pain, swelling, and progressive joint damage associated with RA. It works by blocking one of the chemical messengers in the body associated with inflammation.

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RITUXAN

RITUXAN in combination with methotrexate is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with moderately to severely-active rheumatoid arthritis who have had an inadequate response to one or more other therapies. It works by blocking one of the chemical messengers in the body associated with inflammation.

SIMPONI

SIMPONI (along with Methotrexate) is used to reduce the pain, swelling, and progressive joint damage associated with Plaque Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis. It works by blocking one of the chemical messengers in the body associated with inflammation.

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STELARA

STELARA is used to reduce the pain, swelling, and symptoms associated with Plaque Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis. It works by blocking one of the chemical messengers in the body associated with inflammation.

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XELJANZ

XELJANZ, (along with Methotrexate), is used to reduce the pain, swelling, and progressive joint damage associated with RA. It works by blocking one of the chemical messengers in the body associated with inflammation.

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More Information

RA almost always affects the hands, but it can strike any joint, including the knees, wrists, neck, shoulders, elbows, feet, hips, even the jaw. There is usually a symmetrical pattern -- the same joints on both sides of the body, like both wrists and both hips.

The main treatment goals with rheumatoid arthritis are to control inflammation and slow or stop down RA.

Treatment usually includes medications, occupational or physical therapy, and regular exercise. Some people need surgery to correct joint damage. Early, aggressive treatment is key to good results. And with today’s treatments, joint damage can be slowed or stopped in many cases.