Best Medicines for Rheumatoid Arthritis

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The best medicines for rheumatoid arthritis include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs. See a rheumatologist to determine what medications are best for a particular case of rheumatoid arthritis with help from a licensed RN in this free video on rheumatoid arthritis treatments.

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Hi, my name is Kayti Brosnan. I'm a Registered Nurse here in Austin, Texas and today I'm going to tell you the best medicines for rheumatoid arthritis. It's good to remember you need to check up with your regular doctor, your primary care physician or Rheumatologist; this is just informational. Since of the classes, the first line is called NASADs or Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs. This is your Ibuprofen, Motrin, Naproxen, Advil, Aspirin; those are all considered NASADs and that's going to affect the initial and the initial inflammatory or pain response that you're having to the RA. Another one is called DMARDs or Disease Modifying Anti Rheumatic Drugs and these are more long acting and these are things that you're going to be able to; once you get on them, you'll get on a system of taking the medications and you can take them over a long periods of time. Sometimes they have you on DMARDs and then they have you take NASADs along with those to help fight the acute phases. And there's another type of medication, it's called TNF which is Tumor Necrosis Factor and what this essentially does is it beats the inflammation to the place. So, it's a protein or chemical that's going to get to the location and it doesn't allow for the inflammation response to occur. So it's a whole another kind of drug. And so according to your Rheumatologist, they'll, they'll prescribe whatever medications are most effective for your particular case or for a case of a rheumatoid arthritis patient. And those are some of the best medicines available today.


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