RA Early To Treat Have Symptoms Beat
Early rheumatoid arthritis treatment and certaintherapy can lead to remission. I'm Erin White and THIS is a dailyRx Minute. Previous researchhas shown that early treatment of rheumatoid arthritis or RA can put the disease into remission,meaning little to no disease activity. In a recent study, researchers found patientstreated within the first 12 weeks of displaying symptoms were more likely to achieve remissionthan those who were treated later. Talk to your about starting RA treatment assoon as possible. For dailyRx TV, I'm Erin White.
Rheumatoid Arthritis joint inflammationin ra still present after two years therapy
Should RA patients who are in renmission goon a drug holidayé The answer might surprise you.Study: Joint Inflammation In Patients With Early RA Still Present After Two Years OfTherapy. Pam Harrison writing in MedPage Today reportedthat â€œMRI evidence of joint inflammation was still present in patients with early rheumatoidarthritis (RA) despite al remission, according to a substudy of the Treatmentof Early Aggressive Rheumatoid Arthritis (TEAR) trial.â€� Investigators found that â€œa coupleyears of triple therapy, or the combination of a tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitorplus methotrexate, did not eliminate signs
of joint inflammation, with all 118 patientsin the TEAR substudy showing evidence of residual MRI inflammation, including patientswho met stringent definitions of remission at the same followup point.â€� The researchwas published in Arthritis Care Research. Comment: These are surprising and disturbingfindings since remission doesn't seem to be as good as we think it is and certainlynegates the thought we ought to give a drug holiday. It would be a bad idea.