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probenecid, (Benemid – brand no longer available)

What is probenecid, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Probenecid is an oral drug used for reducing blood uric acid levels in patients with hyperuricemia (high uric acid) and/or. High uric acid can cause attacks of gout and kidney stones. Probenecid prevents attacks of gout by reducing uric acid levels in the blood. […]

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calcium salts (Cal-Citrate, Tums)

What are calcium salts? How do calcium salts work? Calcium is an important mineral required for the proper functioning of many organs and tissues. Calcium is needed for the heart, skeletal muscles, and nervous system to work properly. Additionally, calcium plays an important role in blood coagulation (stops bleeding). Our bones store calcium which can […]

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Drug Approved to Treat Tenosynovial Giant Cell Tumor

Latest Arthritis News MONDAY, Aug. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Turalio (pexidartinib) capsules have been approved to treat adults with symptomatic tenosynovial giant cell tumor (TGCT), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced. The drug was approved for patients with TGCT with severe morbidity or functional limitations that has not improved with surgery. Turalio is […]

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Health Tip: Managing Arthritis of the Hands

(HealthDay News) — Arthritis is a collection of joint diseases that affect more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children in the United States. Latest Arthritis News The joint pain, swelling or stiffness that may come with arthritis can be debilitating, says the Arthritis Foundation. To manage arthritis of the hands, the foundation suggests: Use […]

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certolizumab (Cimzia)

What is certolizumab? What is certolizumab used for? Certolizumab is an injectable synthetic (man-made) protein antibody that binds to tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) in the body and blocks the effects of TNFα in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease. Adalimumab (Humira) and etanercept (Enbrel) are two other injectable drugs that block TNFα. Inflammation […]

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abatacept (Orencia)

What is abatacept? What is abatacept used for? Abatacept is an injectable, synthetic (man-made) protein produced by recombinant DNA technology that is used for treating rheumatoid arthritis. It is an immunesuppressant, a drug that suppresses the immune system that is similar to alefacept (Amevive) and belatacept (Nulojix). The immune system is responsible for protecting the […]

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Living With Repetitive Strain Injury

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest Arthritis News MONDAY, July 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Repetitive strain injury (RSI) can affect anyone who uses his or her hands a lot and repeats the same movements over and over again. It can develop whether you’re working at a computer all day or spending hours of leisure time […]

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A guide to psoriatic arthritis medication

A guide to psoriatic arthritis medication

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Reclast (zoledronic acid)

What is zoledronic acid? What are the uses for zoledronic acid? Treatment of Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Women Reclast is indicated for treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. In postmenopausal women with osteoporosis, diagnosed by bone mineral density (BMD) or prevalent vertebral fracture, Reclast reduces the incidence of fractures (hip, vertebral and non-vertebral osteoporosis-related fractures). In […]