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I have severe psoriatic arthritis, celebrex (celecoxib) is my wonder drug.. Only I can't afford a name brand right now, what would be the next best drug n generic?

I have severe psoriatic arthritis, celebrex (celecoxib) is my wonder drug.. Only I can't afford a name brand right now, what would be the next best drug n generic?

Psoriasis: Biologics are revolutionizing how psoriasis/arthritis are treated, and what psoriasis patients are coming to expect from their psoriasis treatments. Anti-psoriasis biologics have been developed based on current understanding of the abnormal immune system responses that contribute to the disease-enbrel, humira, Remicade and stelara (ustekinumab). ...Read more

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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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Can you tell me about taking the disease modifying drug (dmards) for their psoriatic arthritis?

Can you tell me about taking the disease modifying drug (dmards) for their psoriatic arthritis?

See details: The two major DMARDs for treating psoriatic arthritis are Methotrexate and the biologics such as Remicade, (infliximab) Enbrel and Humira among others. All are extremely effective, especially the biologics. All have potential side effects such as infection risk, reduced blood counts and liver disease. ...Read more

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What are long term effects of taking prednisolone for my psoriatic arthritis?

What are long term effects of taking prednisolone for my psoriatic arthritis?

Bad choice.: Steroids taken for long periods always have side effects. Also, they will invariable flare psoriasis upon withdrawal. There are many remitting agents, including sulfasalazine, methotreate, and tnf-alpha inhibitors. ...Read more

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I am an rn in a pretty high acuity icu (ccu). Should I be worried about taking a biologic due to immunosuppresion for psoriatic arthritis?

I am an rn in a pretty high acuity icu (ccu).  Should I be worried about taking a biologic due to immunosuppresion for psoriatic arthritis?

Discuss: You need to be informed of the risk/benefits of starting the new treatment and be informed about how it is expected to help you. The biologics may cause immunosuppression and increase risk of infection. Since there are now many of them, there are relative risks. Ask the treating physicians about options, their interpretation of your disease severity, and risk of the new meds. ...Read more

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I am a psoriatic arthritis patient. I am taking 10mg methatroxate. But the condition is still not stable. I have pain in walking and bending.

I am a psoriatic arthritis patient. I am taking 10mg methatroxate. But the condition is still not stable. I have pain in walking and bending.

MTX dose too low.: Methotrexate 10 mg weekly is a small dose. In my practice i will usually go to 20 mg weekly before moving on. If you fail methotrexate, tnf agaents such as Enbrel (etanercept) or Humira would be the next step. These agents almost always work beautifully. ...Read more

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How can psoriatic arthritis be treated?

How can psoriatic arthritis be treated?

Yes: Multiple meds. Check with rheumatologist what is appropriate. ...Read more

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What are the tests for psoriatic arthritis?

What are the tests for psoriatic arthritis?

Auto-immune tests: Many forms of arthritis, are auto-immune disorders, where the body mistakenly form antibodies against it's own cells or parts of the cell, such as the nucleus (ana=anton-nuclear antibody). There are now many very specific antibodies that can be measured that could suggest or clinch the diagnosis of a particular arthritis or autoimmune disease, including psoriasis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis?

Joint pain: Pain, redness and swelling of the smaller joints. ...Read more

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What are common signs of psoriatic arthritis?

What are common signs of psoriatic arthritis?

PsA: Tender, swollen and/or stiff joints red, itchy, flaky skin swollen and tender entheses (where muscle or ligament attaches to bone) pain and stiffness in the back and neck nail changes—for example, a nail that separates from the nail bed and/or becomes pitted and discolored morning stiffness general fatigue a reduced range of motion. ...Read more

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Do psoriatic comes first or psoriatic arthritis?

Do psoriatic comes first or psoriatic arthritis?

Either way: In most cases the skin involvement precedes the arthritis. In about 30% of cases the arthritis comes at least 6 months before one sees any skin issues. ...Read more

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What is the best way to ease the pain of psoriatic arthritis?

What is the best way to ease the pain of psoriatic arthritis?

Treat psoriasis: Treating the psoriasis usually will help the inflammatory portion of the psoriatic arthritis. If you are still having trouble with the arthritis, there are many options for medicines that can decrease your body's inflammatory response which then will give you relief. See your doctor, and if you aren't getting adequate relief, consider a rheumatology consult. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for psoriatic arthritis?

Is there a cure for psoriatic arthritis?

No Cure: But there are highly effective treatments. Some are pills such as methotrexate. Often, we now use biologic medications, like Enbrel, Humira, Remicade, or Stelara (ustekinumab). Most recently a new pill was approved called Otezla. A rheumatologist is experienced in treating psoriatic arthritis. ...Read more

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Can green tea help psoriatic arthritis?

Can green tea help psoriatic arthritis?

Psoriatic arthritis: Your doctor may recommend tumor necrosis factor-alpha (tnf-alpha) inhibitors if you have severe psoriatic arthritis. These drugs block the protein that causes inflammation in some types of arthritis and can improve signs and symptoms of psoriasis, as well. This group of drugs is the best to treat arthritis caused by psoriasis. ...Read more

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What is treatment for psoriatic arthritis?

What is treatment for psoriatic arthritis?

Many good options: There are highly effective treatments. Often, we now use biologic medications, like Enbrel, Humira, Remicade, Simponi, Cimzia or Stelara (ustekinumab). These are injected. Some are pills such as methotrexate. Recently a new pill was approved called Otezla. A rheumatologist is experienced in treating psoriatic arthritis and can help. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for psoriatic arthritis?

What is the treatment  for psoriatic arthritis?

Psoriatic Arthritis: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/psoriatic-arthritis/ds00476/dsection=treatments-and-drugs.

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What are the treatment methods for psoriatic arthritis?

What are the treatment methods for psoriatic arthritis?

Biologics-last Rx!: Most patients do not need biologics, which should be reserved for the most severe cases. Sulfasalazine, co-adminstered with mtx is a good option, and very inexpensive. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Psoriasis (Definition)

An autoimmune disease involving the skin, nails, and occasionally the joints. It is not contagious. There are several types of skin lesions, most common variety being large red scaly itchy plaques on extensor surfaces such as elbows and knees. Psoriasis can be controlled by a wide variety of medications, but a cure has ...Read more


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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