Are the new drugs for rheumatoid arthritis safe?

A study from Germany shows that the biologic medications Etanercept and Infliximab, advertised heavily to treat arthritis, have a 28 percent rate of side effects (Arthritis & Rheumatism, November 2005.) Many doctors think that rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a person’s own immunity gone haywire. Instead of killing germs that get into your body, your immunity attacks your own joints. Currently the accepted treatment is to suppress your immunity with drugs that slow the inevitable destruction of joints. However, these drugs leave you relatively defenseless against infections. In the first year of receiving these biological immune suppressants, six percent suffered serious infections. Other immune suppressants such as methotrexate, gold, plaquenil and sulfasalazine have fewer side effects, but they are less effective in preventing joint damage. Nonsteroidal drugs, such as ibuprofin help control pain, but do not prevent joint damage.

My unconventional but often successful treatment of arthritis

March 1, 2006 Checked 12/23/13

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