Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks joints and other tissues. As a result, debilitating pain, inflammation, swelling, and stiffness ensues, which can permanently damage joints. While orthopedic surgery is often needed, recent research suggest that prompt and appropriate treatment may avert the need for replacement joints. One problem facing RA patients is that it’s often difficult for primary care physicians to distinguish from other causes of musculoskeletal pain because the symptoms are so similar. Even when the correct diagnosis is made, most general practitioners treat RA with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, etc.) that only relieve symptoms. Rheumatologists are more likely to prescribe disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), which reduce inflammation and protect joints.
Are you taking any rheumatoid arthritis medications? At Med-Fast Pharmacy, we focus on your safety, and combined with our philosophy of personalized customer service, this means that you will always be properly instructed on the correct method of taking your medicine. Next time you need a prescription filled, come to one of our 13 area locations to serve you, and experience professional care.
HINT: Drugs such as methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Folex) and leflunomide (Arava) are in DMARD category.