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Dr. Thomas Namey
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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


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I take immunosuppresive & other drugs for rheumatoid arthritis. Is there severe risk from hand foot and mouth disease if a child in my family has it?

I take immunosuppresive & other drugs for rheumatoid arthritis. Is there severe risk from hand foot and mouth disease if a child in my family has it?

If you are unlucky: Persons on immuno-suppressive meds have a suppressed immune system! they should avoid sick people, if at all possible. Wearing a medical face mask, along with good hand-washing, can help avoid catching viruses. The current coxsackie a6 strain, in the news, is causing worse hand-foot-mouth symptoms than the typical strain. Bad symptoms include high fevers, vomiting, diarrhea, brain problems, etc... ...Read more

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What are drugs you can take for rheumatoid arthritis?

What are drugs you can take for rheumatoid arthritis?

Many!: Methotrexate, sulfasalazine, hydroxychloroquine, doxycycline, minocycline, cyclophosphamide, azothioprine and more! then, you have the tnf-alpha drugs: humira, remicade, enbrel, cimzia, and more. Then other biologics: Rituxan and orencia (abatacept). New drugs will shortly be online as well! ...Read more

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Do rheumatoid arthritis drugs sometimes damage the lung?

Do rheumatoid arthritis drugs sometimes damage the lung?

Yes: Some of the drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis can cause damage to lungs. The most common would be the drug methotrexate. This drug requires lung function monitoring with breathing tests/xrays because it can inflame the lungs (pneumonitis) or cause scarring of the lungs (fibrosis). Other drugs for rheumatoid cause problems less significant. ...Read more

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What is the best drug for joints pain for my mom who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis?

What is the best drug for joints pain for my mom who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis?

DMARD agents: The best med is the one that provides excellent control of the imflammation. These are the disease-modifying drugs such as Methotrexate or tnf agents. Your mom should be under the care of a rheumatologist and that question should be addressed to the doctor who is responsible for your mom's care. ...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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How does caffeine affect rheumatoid arthritis? Can drinking coffee (other common drugs) cause or aggravate rheumatoid arthritis?

Coffee have some: But according to a finnish research study, coffee can aggravate the risk of rheumatoid arthritis. Coffee induces the production of rheumatoid factor. ...Read more

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Can minocin (minocycline) as a drug to stop the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

Can minocin (minocycline) as a drug to stop the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

In some cases: Minocin (minocycline) can help some people with rheumatoid arthritis. Even though it is an antibiotic its effect in arthritis is felt to be due to its anti-inflammatory effects and interferring with substances that cause joint and cartilage damage called metalloproteinases. ...Read more

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What drugs block the immune response and are used for rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis?

What drugs block the immune response and are used for rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis?

Immunosuppresants --: are the class of drugs. A rheumatologist would probably provide you specifics if you need that Info.. ...Read more

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Are there certain types of illegal drugs that can cause early rheumatoid arthritis or bone deterioration more than others?

Are there certain types of illegal drugs that can cause early rheumatoid arthritis or bone deterioration more than others?

Many!: Smoking pot impairs healing, as does cigarettes. Narcotics may provide pain relief, but they demotivate and lower testosterone in men. Certainly no illicit drugs such as meth, cocaine, etc. Help the process and/or impair treatment, as does the money wasted! ...Read more

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The nurse is preparing to administer abatacept (orencia) to a patient with severe rheumatoid arthritis. What will this drug do?

The nurse is preparing to administer abatacept (orencia) to a patient with severe rheumatoid arthritis. What will this drug do?

A lot: Orencia (abatacept) is one of the newer biologics used to treat Rheumatoid arthritis. It affects the T cells a little lower in the inflammatory chain, so it does more than just affect tumor necrosis factor. Recent reports show that Orencia (abatacept) has induced remission in rheumatoid arthritis that is drug free for caring periods of time. It,s a good drug. ...Read more

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Drug of choice for pain in rheumatoid arthritis during breast feeding?

Drug of choice for pain in rheumatoid arthritis during breast feeding?

Breastfeeding in RA: Acetaminophen is regarded the safest medication. Ibuprofen may be used but should be taken just after breastfeeding so that the lowest amount of the medication is excreted into breast milk. ...Read more

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Could Humira (adalimumab) cause drug-induced lupus on the head ? some small lesions on the head. (Rheumatoid arthritis)

Could Humira (adalimumab) cause drug-induced lupus on the head ? some small lesions on the head. (Rheumatoid arthritis)

Humira (adalimumab) and lupus: Anti-TNFs drugs have been associated with Lupus. But it may also be other conditions like fungus ,eczema. impetigo. Could try over the counter selsun blue see if helps .Discuss with rheumatologist , http://rheumatology.oxfordjournals.org/content/48/7/716.full.pdf ...Read more

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Hello. I am just curious if the drug MDMA (molly) will affect my juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in anyway?

Hello. I am just curious if the drug MDMA (molly) will affect my juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in anyway?

Illegal drugs: Adding any drug to your medication regimen has the risk of side effects, and worse, can increase your risk for kidney or liver failure in combination with prescription drugs ...Read more

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Is there a drug that's less expensive and can be used as a alternative to humira (adalimumab) for rheumatoid arthritis?

Is there a drug that's less expensive and can be used as a alternative to humira (adalimumab) for rheumatoid arthritis?

YES: There are multiple drugs for arthritis cheaper than humira. Pills like methotrexate, sulfasalaxine, Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) and Leflunomide can be used alone or in combination. There is also an injectable form of Methotrexate that can sometimes be more effective. Prednisone can also be taken. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories can be used. Depending on your insurance, another biologic may be cheaper than humira. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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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