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Pain Relief for RA


How do corticosteroids help with RA pain relief?

Expert:   Linda Russell, MD, Hospital for Special Surgery »

Doctors prescribe corticosteroids for a multitude of health conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis. Watch this video to find out when they're appropriate to take.

Transcript: When you need IMMEDIATE pain relief for rheumatoid arthritis, doctors can prescribe corticosteroids such as prednisone, prednisolone and methyprednisolone. Corticosteroids are administered orally, intravenously, or through injection. They relieve pain quickly while you wait for the positive effects of a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug, or DMARD, to kick in. Once a DMARD takes effect, corticosteroid use is tapered down dramatically, or stopped altogether. It’s NOT a good idea to DEPEND on corticosteroids in high doses for pain relief because LONG-term use may cause bone thinning, high blood pressure, eye problems and other severe side effects. Talk with your doctor if you’re interested in trying corticosteroids for pain relief. Never take ANY medication without permission. More »

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