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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)

Arthritis 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

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Psoriasis (Definition)

Psoriasis is 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


Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Psoriatic Arthritis (Definition)

An inflammatory arthritis associated with psoriasis. The arthritis can affect a few joints (oligoarticular), many joints (polyarticular), tips of fingers (dip only), the spine (spondylitis) or a severe deforming of hands (arthritis mutilans). Arthritis severity does not ...Read more