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What are alternative treatments for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

What are alternative treatments for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Caution tetracyline: In children tetracycline can stain the bone. We are fortunate that we can use most of the medications we use in adults in children, but some are not approved for children. We can use Methotrexate and some of the biologics are approved for treatment of jia children such as Etanercept and adalimumab. Iv Infliximab is approved for childhood ibd, IV tocilizumab and Abatacept for jia. Others not yet. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Alternative Medicine (Definition)

Alternative medicine is the practice of healing that does not fall into the realm of conventional allopathic medicine. Many think it is usually based on cultural or historical traditions rather than scientific data. However, only recently is science catching up with history. For example, acupuncture meridians have finally been discovered by science. Types of alternative medicine include ...Read more


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Best Ayurveda treatment for osteoarthritis or juvenile arthritis knee treatment?

Best Ayurveda treatment for osteoarthritis or juvenile arthritis knee treatment?

Not good.: If a child has an inflammatory knee condition, caused by jia, there are very effective treatments available with very high success rates, some used alone, and some in combinations. I would consider it child abuse not to see a rheumatologist or the hard to find, pediatric rheumatologist. Forget the herbs and spices! this not the 3rd world. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative therapies for treating rheumatoid arthritis?

Are there any alternative therapies for treating rheumatoid arthritis?

Fish Oil: Studies have shown that fish oil can help reduce symptoms in people with rheumatoid arthritis. However before starting any supplement including fish oil you should discuss it with your doctor to see if it is right for you. ...Read more

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Treatments for rheumatoid arthritis problem?

Resubmit: Your question is difficult to understand. Do you mean to ask about side effects of treatments for RA or which treatments are available for problem disease? You need to speak with a/your rheumatologist about these issues. ...Read more

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Is there any alternative therapy for ankylosing spondylitis?

Is there any alternative therapy for ankylosing spondylitis?

No but: There is no cure but many ways to manage this including maintaining good postural alignment and bone density which both rely on proper nutrional intake of vitamin d and calcium while maintaining a flexibility program with weight bearing exercise as well as core stabilization exercises & cardiovascular ones. There are naturally occuring anti inflammatory products as well but not regulated doseage. ...Read more

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Anyone tried enbrel (etanercept) for treating rheumatoid arthritis?

Anyone tried enbrel (etanercept) for treating rheumatoid arthritis?

Many patients: Rheumatoid arthritis can often be controlled with some of the newer medications including enbrel (etanercept). Many patients are saved from irreversible crippling of the joints. The key is to get early diagnosis and effective treatment to prevent worsening. Enbrel (etanercept) is a biologic response modifier meaning that the drug is made by a biological system. The drug can be very effective. Untreated RA has huge risks. ...Read more

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What are alternative treatments for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis besides drugs?

What are alternative treatments for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis besides drugs?

Exercise : You will need medications, but exercise is important pain controller. The cdc has a campaign that says exercise the arthritis pain reliever. We can not emphasize this enough. ...Read more

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What dmard is recommended for psoriatic arthritis?

What dmard is recommended for psoriatic arthritis?

Several Possible: Methotrexate and sulfasalazine are effective treatment options. Additional options are biologic dmards , which are tumor necrosis factor inhibitors, examples are embrel, humera and remicade (infliximab). ...Read more

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How is enbrel (etanercept) used for treating rheumatoid arthritis?

How is enbrel (etanercept) used for treating rheumatoid arthritis?

Second line.: While Enbrel (etanercept) can be used alone, it works better in tandem with methotrexate. It is given by subcutaneous injection once per week, the dose being dependent on body size. It is also indicated for psoriatic arthritis and spondylitis. Most insurers want the patient to have been on lesser drugs. These would include incomplete response to mtx, sfz, and ho-q. It binds to tnf-alpha, which caues inflamm. ...Read more

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Is anti-tfn infliximab and effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. ?

Is anti-tfn infliximab and effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. ?

Yes: The biologic drugs, of which the tnf inhibitors are one , are new and exciting medications that are changing the course of RA by interfering with the body's productiion of inflammatory components; in addition they decrease the joint damage. Ther arenow 5 tnf inhibitors, an il-6 inhibitor, and several b cell inhibitors as well as new jak enzyme inhibitors in investigation. ...Read more

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How good is enbrel (etanercept) for treating rheumatoid arthritis?

How good is enbrel (etanercept) for treating rheumatoid arthritis?

Very effective.: But frequently unecessary in most of my RA patients. Combinations inclduing mtx with sulfasalazine, hydroxychlorquine, perhaps doxycycline, or Leflunomide should be tried before starting enbrel, (etanercept) unless you have overwhelming inflammatory disease. Noenthless, Enbrel (etanercept) with mtx is better than either alone! ...Read more

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Does homeopathy work in treating psoriatic or rheumatoid arthritis?

Does homeopathy work in treating psoriatic or rheumatoid arthritis?

No, not alone: Both psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis have inflammation, which can be helped by homeopathy, but unlikely controlled enough to avoid the joint damage if things are not controlled. Smoking hurts both. Seek a homeopathic physician to guide you. ...Read more

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Is zostavax effective for rheumatoid arthritis patients?

Is zostavax effective for rheumatoid arthritis patients?

EFFECTIVE BUT: Yes it is effective to prevent Herpes Zoster even for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients as long as they are not immunosuppressed If immunosuppressed due to therapy than you can not give this vaccine as there is risk of disseminated Herpes Zoster.It is contraindicated ...Read more

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Is taking humira (adalimumab) a common treatment for rheumatoid arthritis?

Is taking humira (adalimumab) a common treatment for rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes, but.....: Humira (adalimumab) is quite effective. It is also quite expensive. It should not be considered a first-line therapy, as drug companies want us to believe. Other first line dmards like plaquenyl, methotrexate, leflunomide, and sulfasalazine work quite well. I occasionally will give Humira (adalimumab) injections for several visits until other drugs kick in. ...Read more

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Is methotrexate or humira (adalimumab) better for rheumatoid arthritis?

Is methotrexate or  humira (adalimumab) better for rheumatoid arthritis?

It's u as much as Rx: Again, this is a question for the treating specialist, most likely a rheumatologist. When treating a disorder like ra, there are a variety of medications that have been effective; as with everything else in medicine, no one size fits all, and the right drug or combo for each must be assessed over time by a specialist. ...Read more

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Which medicine is good for rheumatoid arthritis?

Which medicine is good for rheumatoid arthritis?

See rheumatologist: There are many meds. You need a comprehensive program to lessen the damage to your joints. Included are nsaids, prednisone, Methotrexate , embral and many others. These are only given by a doctor that will monitor you long term to help lessen the bad side effects and change drugs when response is not good. Find a good rheumatologist! ...Read more

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What are some mind/body therapies for rheumatoid arthritis?

What are some mind/body therapies for rheumatoid arthritis?

Reduce stress: Ra is an autoimmune disease which has a prolonged and devastating disease course if untreated. Reducing stress to the body in addition to meds can help. Alternative therapies including chi gong, yoga, meditation, acupuncture to calm stress can help as adjunct. ...Read more

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Is arava (leflunomide) effective for rheumatoid arthritis?

It may be...: Again, this is a question for the treating specialist, most likely a rheumatologist. When treating a disorder like ra, there are a variety of medications that have been effective; as with everything else in medicine, no one size fits all, and the right drug or combo for each must be assessed over time by a specialist. ...Read more

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Dr. Al Hegab
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Rheumatism (Definition)

"rheumatism" is an older term, not used much today. Most people are referring to pain and swelling in the joints when they use this term. People may mean something different when they use this term in contrast to when they refer ...Read more


Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more