Taking Control of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Staying active while managing the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis can be a challenge.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack the joints, rather than foreign invaders like viruses and bacteria. This results in inflammation, swelling and pain.

It’s important for rheumatoid arthritis patients to take an active role in managing the disease. One way they can do this is to speak openly with their doctor and ask questions if ever unsure about their disease or treatment. Patients should make sure they are knowledgeable about the medications they’re supposed to be taking.

To treat rheumatoid arthritis, some patients are prescribed innovator biologics; some are prescribed biosimilars. As the name suggests, biosimilars are similar, though not identical, to innovator biologics. If a patient has been prescribed an innovator biologic or biosimilar, they need to know exactly what medication they should be taking, and ensure they get the medication they expect. Health Canada recommends that a decision to switch from a brand name innovator product to a biosimilar should be made by the treating physician in consultation with the patient.

Patients can take control of their rheumatoid arthritis by being informed, asking questions and playing an active role in their treatment. Speak to your doctor and make sure you’re getting the medication you expect.

After reading this article, are you more likely to speak to your doctor about your medications?

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