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What is the best med for rheumatoid arthritis?

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Dr. Douglas Mund
Rheumatology 46 years experience
Impossible to answer: Every patient is different with differing degrees and intensity of disease and differing potentials for long term damage. Varied drugs are used includind anti inflammatory medications and low dose steroids. Disease modifying drugs like plaquenil, azulfidine (sulfasalazine) or Methotrexate are quite helpful the most recent additions, the biologics, like Enbrel or Humira are the most potent and trul;y inhibit diseu.
Dr. Farhan Tahir
Rheumatology 22 years experience
List continues: Among biologics , anti tnf are first of the revolutionary medications for ra, enbrel, humira, remicade, Cimzia , simponi (golimumab) etc, beyond anti tnf list of biological medications is growing such as orencia, rituxan, actemra. All of these are used in combination with Methotrexate or Arava for increased effectiveness, side effects need close monitoring.

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What is the best remedy for rheumatoid arthritis ?

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Dr. Martin Morell
Rheumatology 29 years experience
Different: Remedies for sub-types of ra. Example il-6, tnf, cd28, b cell treatments etc.
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What is the best treatment for rheumatoid arthritis?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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There is no one best: Treatments vary from patient to patient. Most of my patients do not need biologics and can be successfully treated with older drugs, but combinations are needed. Sometimes we give rescue doses of certain tnf-alpha inhibitors to provide comfort until other drugs "kick in." but humira, enbrel, cimzia, rituxan, orencia, (abatacept) xeljanz are always costly alternatives! mtx should be tried first!
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What work best to treat rheumatoid arthritis?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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DMARDs: Disease modifying meds (dmards) are the meds of choice as their can prevent damage, deformity and disability. Rheumatologists usually start with Methotrexate and add other meds such as tnf agents if necessary. Early treatment is essential.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What is the best exercise for someone who has rheumatoid arthritis?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Atraumatic!: Atraumatic, non-concussive exercise is best. Activities might include swimming, aqua-aerobics, bicycling, yoga, light dumbells, walking, etc. Activities to be avoided: running, tennis, basketball, etc.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What is the best treatment and exercise for rheumatoid arthritis?

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Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 16 years experience
Depends on symptoms: Cardiovascular activity is important for everyone. Walking is a great form of weight bearing exercise ( to help prevent osteoporosis as well). If you can't do that, stationary bike or swimming is good. Also, range of motion can be helpful. Yoga, tai chi, or pilates may be helpful. If you are asymptomatic, light weights are okay.

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