1. What is the most commonly used treatment for rheumatoid arthritis?
Medications such as steroids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, methotrexate, leflunomide are the most commonly employed treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.
2. Can rheumatoid arthritis be permnanently cured?
Rheumatoid arthritis cannot be permanently cured; however, the available treatment options surely assist in slowing down the progress of disease while improving the symptoms.
3. What types of medications are used to treat rheumatoid arthritis?
Following medications are employed for the management of rheumatoid arthritis:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Disease modifying anti-rheumatoid drugs such as leflunomide, methotrexate, sulfasalazine
- Biologic agents such as anakinra, adalimumab, etanercept, infliximab.
4. What are biologic agents?
Biological agents reduce the progression of rheumatoid arthritis by targeting the immune system cells responsible for inflammation. These include drugs such as anakinra, adalimumab, etanercept and infliximab.
5. Is surgery a better option than rheumatoid arthritis medications?
The severity of the disease is a major factor to decide for the option of surgical treatment. Surgery is a better option than medications in an advanced stage of this disease to repair the damaged joints and restore their function.