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tocilizumab (Actemra)

What is tocilizumab, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Tocilizumab is an injectable synthetic (man-made) protein that binds to interleukin-6 (IL-6) in the body and blocks the effects of IL-6 in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Inflammation is the body’s reaction to injury and is a necessary process for the repair of injury. IL-6 […]

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Dislocated Shoulder

What are home remedies for a dislocated shoulder? When a shoulder injury occurs and there is concern about a fracture or dislocation, the patient likely needs to seek medical attention urgently. Initial first aid at the scene may include immobilizing the shoulder, perhaps by placing it into a sling, applying ice packs to the affected […]

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Knee Bursitis

Knee Bursitis Treatment Cortisone Injections Cortisone injections can be used to treat the inflammation of small areas of the body (local injections), or they can be used to treat inflammation that is widespread throughout the body (systemic injections). Examples of conditions for which local cortisone injections are used include inflammation of a bursa (bursitis of […]

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penicillamine (Cuprimine, Depen)

What is penicillamine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Penicillamine is classified as a metal binding (chelating) agent. Penicillamine is a genetic disease that causes excessive copper to accumulate in the body. The mechanism of action of penicillamine in rheumatoid arthritis is unknown but it may be related to reduction of collagen formation. […]

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Chondromalacia Patella (Patellofemoral Syndrome)

Chondromalacia patella facts Patellofemoral syndrome, or chondromalacia patella, can cause knee pain. Chondromalacia patella is the most common cause of chronic knee pain. Chondromalacia patella has also been called patellofemoral syndrome. The pain of chondromalacia patella is aggravated by activity or prolonged sitting with bent knees. Abnormal “tracking” allows the kneecap (patella) to grate over […]

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Opioids Won’t Help Arthritis Patients Long-Term: Study

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter Latest Arthritis News SATURDAY, Nov. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Opioid painkillers may temporarily ease the discomfort of arthritis, but they have no clear lasting benefit, a research review finds. In an analysis of 23 clinical trials, researchers found that, on average, opioid medications were somewhat effective at easing pain in […]

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Remicade vs. Humira

What are Remicade and Humira? Remicade and Humira are injectable monoclonal antibodies (a type of synthesized protein made from cells in a lab) in the class of medications called TNF blockers or TNF inhibitors. This class also includes: In autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, Crohn’s disease, psoriasis and the other conditions Remicade and […]

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Can you prevent psoriatic arthritis?

Can you prevent psoriatic arthritis?

Psoriatic arthritis causes joint pain and inflammation, usually in people who already have psoriasis. It is impossible to predict who will get psoriatic arthritis, however, and there is no surefire strategy for preventing it. About 30% of people with psoriasis eventually develop psoriatic arthritis. Preventive strategies for psoriasis focus on identifying triggers and treating symptoms […]

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meclofenamate (Meclomen)

What is meclofenamate, and what is it used for? Meclofenamate sodium is indicated for the relief of mild to moderate pain. Meclofenamate sodium is also indicated for the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea (menopause) and for the treatment of idiopathic heavy menstrual blood loss. Meclofenamate sodium is also indicated for relief of the signs and symptoms […]

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ixekizumab (Taltz)

What is ixekizumab, and how does it work? Ixekizumab is an injectable biologic drug that suppresses the immune system and is used for the treatment of psoriasis. It is an antibody that binds to interleukin 17A (IL-17A), a chemical produced by cells in the body that stimulates immune reactions. Scientists believe that psoriasis is caused […]