Benefit/Risk of New Drugs for Rheumatoid Arthritis
1. NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications) reduce inflammation and discomfort. Some of them are available over-the-counter, including ibuprofen and naproxen sodium. Others, such as COX-2 inhibitors, which may be better on your stomach, require a prescription.
2. Prednisone and other corticosteroids work swiftly to control inflammation. Doctors restrict the dosage and duration of use since these potent medications have potent negative effects.
3.Disease-modifying antirheumatic medications (DMARDs) can change how rheumatoid arthritis develops and stop tissue and joint damage. They inhibit the actions of substances that are released when your immune system inadvertently targets your joints.
4. Biologics - The majority of today's medications are biologics, which means they are derived from human genes. These effective knockoffs could tame an overactive immune system.