Using DMARDs to Treat Psoriatic Arthritis


Gina Garippo

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If you have psoriatic arthritis, you have the ability to help control the outcome of your disease. Although psoriatic arthritis can continue to damage the joints if left untreated, there are many treatment options available that can help you slow or even prevent this process. Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) may help you ensure healthier joints and a better long-term quality of life.

DMARDs are a class of prescription drugs designed to slow progression of psoriatic arthritis as well as reduce joint pain and inflammation. They are typically prescribed for people who can’t find relief with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or who show signs of progressive joint damage. However, some experts believe DMARDs may be beneficial if taken in the first few years after diagnosis to help prevent permanent joint damage. They are sometimes taken at the same time as NSAIDs to achieve both day-to-day symptom relief and long-term disease control.

Today, we’ve seen many advances in treating the damage and pain of psoriatic arthritis. Watch as experts share the advice they give patients for managing the condition.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 29, 2017

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