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Stop Taking Antihistamine For Rheumatoid Arthritis
Comes back: Rarely does RA go into true remission without getting worse after stopping the immunosuppressives. This is particuarly true for methotrexate. Many people have stopped gold therapy without a return of the arthritis for many years. Occasionally biologics can be stopped after several years of remission but the RA usually returns. ...Read more
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
Control the disease: Control the underlying inflammatory process and you control the pain and stiffness. ...Read more
See below: He/she may experience a flare in his/her symptoms. Let the doctor know what's going on. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Does rheumatoid arthritis normally feels better once a person is active (walking around), like symptoms stop but return once still/lying down?
Sort of: Exercise is beneficial and joints can stiffen with rest. ...Read more
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
It works for some.: Minocycline and Doxycycline have been shown by eular (multi-unversity), and the nih in the us. Most rheumatologists do not use these, even though there are controlled trials demonstrating equal effececy with Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) and sulfasalzine. I use both quite often. ...Read more
What is your opinion in using minocin (minocycline) to stop the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?
Effective!: Most of my colleagues do not use tetracyclines, but in two\large studues conducted in europe and by the acr in the usa, it was quite effective. Dr. O'dell, president of the acr believes Doxycycline to be more effective, and I agree. I start all patients on one of these two drugs wirth mtx, because of safety and cost. ...Read more
Since one year it take 15 mg methotrexate tablet weekly for rheumatoid arthritis so when I can stop it now my blood test is normal but still have pain?
Which blood test etc: Methotrexate is a good medication for rheumatoid arthritis but it doesn't cure your arthritis - it works as long as you take it. If you still have pain, it may because of active disease (inflammation), or damage that the arthritis has already caused. You should follow up with a rheumatologist if possible. ...Read more
I take Elavil (amitriptyline) (Amitriptyline) along with my Rheumatoid arthritis medications 2 control pain but it causes morning headaches. How 2 stop these headach?
Headaches may result: From all 3 meds Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine), Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) (acetaminophen/hydrocodone), Elavil (amitriptyline), rheumatoid arthritis, Iron deficiency anemia, ovarian cyst and stress. Using amitriptyline together with hydrocodone may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Seek evaluation. Use lifestyle changes and stress reduction. Best regards for relief. ...Read more
Many patients!: Results are very good, particulary when used alone and better with methotrexate. The dirrence with Remicade (infliximab) is that it binds to tnf-a rendering ineffecftive. It is completely human in origin. A good choice for those who do prefer home sc injection, every two weeks. It is my favorite tnf-a class drug. ...Read more
Works: Methotrexate has become the standard of first choice forra treatment but rarely results in remission, ie no one can tell if you have it including the doctor. The risk is extremely low, although you cannot use alcohol, and is not usually used if ther is preexisting liver disease. Most patients have to add several other disease modifying drugs to get better. ...Read more
Many patients!: Results are very good, particulary when used alone and better with methotrexate. The dirrence with Remicade (infliximab) is that it blocks the tnf-a receptor, rather than binding tnf-a itself, but it accomplishes the same thing. It's infusion intervals are longer, because the turnover of recptors is slower than the production of tnf-a itself. A good choice for those who do not want to inject themselves sc. ...Read more
Good experience: Rituxan (rituximab) has been used in rheumatoid arthritis and it has demonsrated good response-in my experience. Jus like anything else, there are some possible side effects from Rituxan (rituximab) but majority are very tolerable. You need to be screened for hepatitis b - prior to Rituxan (rituximab) administration.-as Rituxan (rituximab) can cause hep b exacerbation. ...Read more
What to do if I want to know someone elses experience on taking rituxan (rituximab) for rheumatoid arthritis?
Very effective: As a rheumatologist I have numerous patients on Rituxan (rituximab) for their ra. I have found it usually to be very effective with relatively low risk, . ...Read more
I have Rheumatoid Arthritis I am on methotexrate & embrel what are the risk in taking whey protein, thank you.
Ok: If the question is whether a steam room can be used if you have rheumatoid artjhritis the answer is yes. Generally the joints do feel better with the application of moist heat. Sitting in a steam room can be therapeutic as long as it is not too hot and other factors or illnesses preclude using it. ...Read more
No: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is not herititary, in that you do not inherit it directly. However certain genes can increase ones chance of developing it. It is most likely that RA develops in genetically susceptible people who are exposed to some enviromental trigger which sets off the disease process. ...Read more
Not well studied: To my knowledge, I've not read that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) symptoms are better or worse in any season. There have been some recent studies suggesting that the change in barometric pressure may effect some types of arthritic symptoms. However this is not specific to RA. ...Read more
Symptoms&Signs/Tests: You have to have symptoms of pain and swelling in your joints like hands and fingers and others, and have been examined by your doctor who will order xrays and blood tests to confirm the diagnosis ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Autoimmune: Autoimmunity describes an abnormal activity of the immune system turning against and attacking the body itself rather than fighting bacteria, viruses, tumors, etc. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) manifests itself as painful joint swelling but can also involve the heart, lungs, and other organs. It is critical to get the inflammation under control which most of the time involves seeing a rheumatologist. ...Read more