Help for Rheuma­toid Arthri­tis

The Oakdale Leader - - NEWS -

Rheuma­toid arthri­tis (RA) is an au­toim­mune disease that can cause de­bil­i­tat­ing pain, swelling, and stiff­ness of the joints. In RA, the im­mune sys­tem pro­duces an­ti­bod­ies that at­tach to and at­tack the lin­ings of joints, caus­ing in­flam­ma­tion, swelling, and pain. NSAIDs (non­s­teroidal anti-in­flam­ma­tory drugs) are com­monly used to treat rheuma­toid arthri­tis but they do not slow down disease pro­gres­sion. Most peo­ple with RA also take other types of med­i­ca­tions, such as methotrex­ate or biologics, to re­duce im­mune sys­tem over ac­tiv­ity and help pre­vent fur­ther joint dam­age. If un­treated, rheuma­toid arthri­tis causes grad­u­ally causes per­ma­nent joint dam­age. RA af­fects more women more of­ten than men, and in re­cent years, has been in­creas­ing in the 20-40 age group. Talk to our com­pound­ing phar­ma­cists about how we can cus­tom­ize med­i­ca­tions to meet your spe­cific needs.

River Oak Phar­macy

1080-D West F St., Oak­dale, CA 95361


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