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Biologic Medications

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Biologics are protein-based drugs that are made from live cells. They can either be injected or taken by IV infusion. Biologics target cells (B-cell lymphocytes or T-Cells) and proteins (TNF-alpha, interleukin-6) in the immune system that cause infamation. Common biologics include Enbrel, Humira, Cimzia, Kineret and Rituxan.

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We live in a time when there are more treatments for RA than ever before. Biologics offer more hope of symptoms going into remission for many more people. These treatments, however, come with a downside. Since they suppress the immune system, they also increase your risk of infection.   What can you do to manage this risk? Here are tips that…

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Lene Andersen, Health Guide, answered Does prednisone make you hungry? Honey, you're very active for a woman half your age! It's been a hard winter for so…

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Lene Andersen, Health Guide, commented on Tips for Managing Infection Risk Very good point, Brad! Hospitals are dirty, germy places with lots of bacteria your…

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Brad, Health Guide, commented on Biologics and me: the good, bad and… Hi Joyce, I believe you may be my sister from another mister! Pretty much…

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V, Health Guide, answered Has anyone taken ORENCIA for their RA… I was on Orencia for a year, after Humira proved to be a dud for me.…

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