Biologics: Personal Experiences
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Although the biologics taken to treat rheumatoid arthritis can cause some side effects, the women we interviewed reported successful treatment and symptom relief. Watch this to learn how they reacted when they start taking biologic response modifiers.
Transcript: Since 1998, when the first two biologic medications were approved by the FDA for treatment of rheumatoid...
Since 1998, when the first two biologic medications were approved by the FDA for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, newly diagnosed patients have been moving on to biologics ever-more quickly. That's because these targeted medications effectively protect joints from damage. They also suppress SPECIFIC parts of the immune system-not ALL of it. So biologics can quiet RA symptoms without the potential for as many side effects or complications as previous disease-modifying medications. Starting such a powerful medication can be unsettling, but it can offer great promise to anyone with rheumatoid arthritis. For most people, the benefits seem to be worth the risks. Early, aggressive treatment with biologic response modifiers is a promising way to keep RA from progressing. That's why it's important to frequently talk to doctor about WHEN it may be a good time for you to start taking biologics. And once you start, don't get discouraged. Occasionally, you may need to try out a few different medications before you find the most effective one for YOU. One study that reviewed the medical history of 3,000 people with RA found that the average level of disability has declined 40% since 1977-and continues to decline by about 2% every year. So work with your doctor to find the treatment that works for you.More »
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