This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.View Full Document
Unformatted text preview: • Anti-Inflammatories and Analgesics o NSAIDs - Ibuprofen and Naproxen are used to help reduce inflammation and associated pain o Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories such as prednisolone are used to treat active disease and reduce complications o Paracetamol and codeine are predominantly used for pain relief in severe cases Occasionally surgery may be needed to help relieve pain, improve function and correct deformity. Prognosis The course of the disease varies greatly. Some people have mild short-term symptoms, but in most cases the disease is progressive. Daily living activities are impaired in most individuals. After 5 years of disease, approximately a third of sufferers will not be working and after 10 years, approximately half will have substantial functional disability. Prevention RA is currently not a preventable disease however much can be done to control symptoms and progression....
View Full Document
- Fall '10
- Anthropology, Rituximab, Azathioprine, Anakinra, Newer Biological agents, substantial functional disability