Medications

In The News: December 2017

Oral Contraceptive Use May Lower Risk for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Knee Osteoarthritis Twice as Common as in the past. Glucosamine Supplements Fail to Show Benefit. Even Small Increases in Physical Activity Improve Mobility.
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The temporomandibular joints (one on each side of your head) articulate the lower jaw to the temporal bone of the skull. These hinge-like joints, along with the jaw (masticatory) muscles, allow you to open and close your mouth and move your lower jaw from side to side. Thus you can talk, chew and yawn with ease.
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Sore Jaw? It May Be a TMJ Disorder

The temporomandibular joints (one on each side of your head) articulate the lower jaw to the temporal bone of the skull. These hinge-like joints, along with the jaw (masticatory) muscles, allow you to open and close your mouth and move your lower jaw from side to side. Thus you can talk, chew and yawn with ease.
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Vaccination Against Pneumonia

You may have seen television ads for the vaccines Prevnar 13 and Pneumovax 23 and wondered whether you should get vaccinated. These vaccines are for people who are at risk of getting infected by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumonia, commonly called pneumococcus.
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Ask the Doctors: October 2017

My wife takes a drug for osteoporosis. Shes encouraging me to get a bone density test. Im a 72-year-old man. Should I be concerned about osteoporosis? Can hyaluronic acid injections be used for joints other than the knee?
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Biologic Drugs: Benefits Outweigh Risks

Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis changed dramatically more than 20 years ago with the advent of the disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) methotrexate. Over the past 15 years, new types of DMARDs, called biologics, have continued to revolutionize treatment. Even newer ones are under development.
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Time for a Flu Shot

People with inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis, have a higher risk of developing flu-related complications. They have two strikes against them. First, inflammatory arthritis is an autoimmune disease, so the immune system is not functioning properly. Second, inflammatory arthritis is treated with drugs that suppress the immune system.
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Help with High-Cost Medications

The cost of prescription drugs in the United States is steadily rising, and some medications are particularly expensive. While many people with chronic health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus or osteoporosis can start treatment with affordable drugs, the price tag can increase dramatically once they need a more sophisticated medication.
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Role of Tramadol for Pain Control

Chronic pain from joint or back problems are addressed with conservative treatments first. For back pain, start with heat, massage and exercise. If you have osteoarthritis, its important to keep moving.
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Reactive Arthritis & NSAIDs

Ive been diagnosed with reactive arthritis. Is this a chronic condition or will it go away? Ive been taking Aleve for my knee arthritis for several months. My doctor didnt prescribe it. Should I be concerned about taking it long term?
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Eye Care for People with Inflammatory Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, meaning the bodys immune system attacks healthy tissue, causing inflammation. Anyone with an autoimmune disease is at risk for uveitis, which refers to inflammation in the eye, says ophthalmologist Sumit Sharma, MD, with Cleveland Clinics Cole Eye Institute.
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Wrist Surgery & Lyme Disease

Rheumatoid arthritis commonly affects the hands and wrists. Medications and nondrug measures, such as physical therapy and joint protection strategies, are the primary treatments. If pain and dysfunction become severe and seriously limit movement, surgery can be considered. There are many possible causes of the symptoms you describe, and you may have more than one problem. For example, you may have arthritis plus the flu. But there are other reasons for joint pain besides arthritis. The fact that you spend a lot of time outdoors raises suspicion that you may have Lyme disease.
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