How Safe Are Biologics for Rheumatoid Arthritis?


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If you see a rheumatologist for your rheumatoid arthritis, there’s a good chance you’re taking a medication called a biologic response modifier. About 40 to 45 percent of patients that rheumatologists treat for RA take one of these drugs.

They’re called biologics because they’re made from a living organism, rather than being produced from chemicals in a lab. And although they don’t cure RA, they are highly effective in controlling the symptoms and preventing further joint damage. They produce a response in about two-thirds of the people who take them, often sending their disease into remission.

W. Hayes Wilson, MD, discusses the basics of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and treatment.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Feb 16, 2015

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