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Doctor insights on: Rum Soaked Raisins Arthritis Medication

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Dr. Robert Vanderbrook Dr. Vanderbrook
Family Medicine
18 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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Would rum raisin ice cream affect a drug test?

Would rum raisin ice cream affect a drug test?

Not likely: Raisins contain tyramine, an amino acid derivative. Large amounts of tyramine can cause an increase in pulse and blood pressure. Rum raisin ice cream does not have enough rum or raisin to cause any significant side effects or interfere with drug tests.

Dr. Thomas Namey
2,412 Doctors shared insights

Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


Dr. Chan Hwang Dr. Hwang
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
23 years in practice
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
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Will my arthritis medication (s) interact with other medications?

Will my arthritis medication (s) interact with other medications?

Yes.: Medications for pain and arthritis can interact with many other drugs. This is why your doctor needs to know all the medications you take.

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Dr. Gustavo Carbone Dr. Carbone
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
15 years in practice
Universidad Mariano Galvez De Guatemala
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What medications work for arthritis?

What medications work for arthritis?

Depends on arthritis: It depends on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis, which is very common for example in the knees can be linked to obesity and part of the recommendations is weight loss/exercise for this. Rheumatoid arthritis needs to be started on specific medications called DMARD's and gout for example another type of arthritis can be treated with NSAID's, colchicine, prednisone and/or others.

Dr. Gustavo Carbone Dr. Carbone
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
15 years in practice
Universidad Mariano Galvez De Guatemala
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What medications work for arthritis?

What medications work for arthritis?

Depends on arthritis: It depends on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis, which is very common for example in the knees can be linked to obesity and part of the recommendations is weight loss/exercise for this. Rheumatoid arthritis needs to be started on specific medications called DMARD's and gout for example another type of arthritis can be treated with NSAID's, colchicine, prednisone and/or others.

Dr. Marvin Den Dr. Den
Internal Medicine
41 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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Does arthritis respond to medication or not?

Does arthritis respond to medication or not?

Yes, but: There are various forms of arthritis and the treatment may be different depending on the form.

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Dr. Tracy Lovell Dr. Lovell
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
17 years in practice
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
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What is the future outlook on arthritis medications/cures?

See below: Each arthritis and autoimmune disease have their own course, but hopefully in the next ten years based on the current push for funding, we may finally have a drug to halt the progression of osteoarthritis.

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Dr. Thomas Namey Dr. Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
44 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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What medication is prescribed for inflammatory arthritis?

What medication is prescribed for inflammatory arthritis?

Many.: Steroids like prednisone, methotrexatedoxycycline, sulfasalazine, methotrexate, hydroxychloroquine, oral gold, leflunomide, azothioprine, cyclophosphamide, tnf-alpha inhibotrs, rituxan, orencia, (abatacept) and on and on. Some are used alone. Many in comination, and a rheumatology (arthritis) specialist is in the best position to know which ones to use!

Dr. Thomas Namey Dr. Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
44 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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How to ease arthritis pain, using minimal pain medications?

How to ease arthritis pain, using minimal pain medications?

Mixed modalities.: Take 3-omega fatty acids as fish or flaxseed oil (my preference!). You should take enough to take 1500-2000mg per day. Regular flaxseed oil is less expensive and has more omega-3, which is antiinflammtory! Take adequate vitamin d3, at least 2000/day with calcium. Gentle atraumatic exercises like yoga, cardio-dancing, pilates helps. Take ibuprophen or naproxen. These will help, but not remit!

Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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What medications are needed for rheumatoid arthritis?

What medications are needed for rheumatoid arthritis?

DMARDs: Ra is treated with disease modifying agents (dmards), usually starting with methotrexate. If that is not sufficient tnf agents such as enbrel, Humira or Remicade (infliximab) may be indicated. See a rheumatologist.

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Dr. Douglas Mund Dr. Mund
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
42 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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What is a good medication for the treatment of severe arthritis?

What is a good medication for the treatment of severe arthritis?

Impossible to answer: It is impossible to answer this without knowing what type of arthritis we are talking about and how severe it is etc. There are vast differences in therapy depending on whether you have inflammatory arthritis like rheumatoid disease or non inflammatory disease You need to have professional help to prerly diagnose see a rheumatologist

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied Dr. Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
45 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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What medications are usually prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis?

What medications are usually prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis?

Many drugs: Used to treat rheumatoid arthritis have potentially serious side effects. Doctors typically prescribe medications with the fewest side effects first. You may need stronger drugs or a combination of drugs as your disease progresses. Nsaids steroids. Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs immunosuppressants. Tnf-alpha inhibitors other drugs. (anakinra, Abatacept, Rituximab, actemra).

Dr. Brijesh Chandwani Dr. Chandwani
Pain Management
7 years in practice
Other
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Are there any good over-the-counter medication for arthritis pain?

Glucosamine: You can take supplements such as combination of glucosamine and chondroitin. Additionally, you can also take painkillers such as advil or tylenol (acetaminophen) or aleve.

Dr. Douglas Mund Dr. Mund
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
42 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Is it okay that someone stop their rheumatoid arthritis medication?

Is it okay that someone stop their rheumatoid arthritis medication?

Depends on symptoms: If the disease goes into remission it may be possible to stop medication this is something to discuss with your rheumatologist. If the disease is still active it may harmful to the joints and frankly dangerous to stop your medications abruptly.

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Dr. Angus Worthing Dr. Worthing
Internal Medicine
14 years in practice
University of Minnesota Medical School
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If I do not take medication for my rheumatoid arthritis will I die?

If I do not take medication for my rheumatoid arthritis will I die?

Probably not: This is a good question for your own doctor. In general, the short answer is: your arthritis may just get worse and worse without medicines. The longer answer is that studies are starting to show that improved treatment of RA lowers risk of heart attack and possibly risk of death. Medicines have various risks but most people do well when monitored appropriately.

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Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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What happens if I do not take medication for my rheumatoid arthritis?

What happens if I do not take medication for my rheumatoid arthritis?

A disaster: You will likely develop progressive joint damage, deformity and disability. This process starts often very early in the disease course. Do not risk it.

Dr. Pierre Moeser Dr. Moeser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
years in practice
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What will happen if I do not take medication for rheumatoid arthritis?

What will happen if I do not take medication for rheumatoid arthritis?

Shorter life: Untreated rheumatoid arthritis shortens lives. The effect on the lifespan depends on the severity of the disease and the amount of inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis commonly causes joint deformities which, if they occur, can only be reversed by surgery. It is best to get prompt diagnosis and treatment. Ra is serious chronic disease like diabetes.

Dr. EVAN Leibowitz Dr. Leibowitz
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
21 years in practice
University of Sheffield Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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I want to know if there are new oral medications for rheumatoid arthritis?

I want to know if there are new oral medications for rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes: Recently the FDA approved Zeljanz (tofacitinib). This works by inhibiting certain enzymes called JAKs. It can be used alone or with DMARDS such as methotrexate, however not in combination with biologics like Enbrel (etanercept). There is good efficacy and safety data. However, certain labs such as blood counts, kidney and liver function tests, and cholesterol need to be monitored regularly.

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Dr. William Lages Dr. Lages
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
64 years in practice
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What would happen if someone stopped their rheumatoid arthritis medication?

What would happen if someone stopped their rheumatoid arthritis medication?

See below: If you are in remission on medication for Rheumatoid Arthritis, under a doctor, s supervision and in remission long enough he may guide you to discontinue. Otherwise, you should never attempt on your own because it can recur worse than ever and the drugs that once worked may not if started again. This disease can damage your joints.

Dr. Thomas Namey Dr. Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
44 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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Can severe symptoms of psoriatic arthritis be reduced with routine medications?

Can severe symptoms of psoriatic arthritis be reduced with routine medications?

Yes, but...: Psoriatic arthritis can be a very inflammatory disease. We all want pain relief for our patients, but rheumatologists understand the need to reduce inflammation, because it portends continued damge to joints, as well as much earlier cardiac disease. My personal favorites: sulfasalazine with methotrexate, the latter given sc. Some, albeit few, patients need tnf-alpha inhibitors.

Dr. Bruce Rothschild Dr. Rothschild
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
37 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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What are some reasons that the medication isn't working for rheumatoid arthritis?

What are some reasons that the medication isn't working for rheumatoid arthritis?

Wrong diagnosis: Diagnosis is wrong or your activities prevent it from working, but medications don't always work. Your doctor should be able to provide direction.

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