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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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This last post about rheumatoid arthritis (RA) medications focuses on Biologics. Previously, I’ve covered NSAIDs, which treat symptoms of inflammation and pain, and non-biologic DMARDs, medications that treat the RA itself.   RA is a systemic illness, which affects not just your joints, but also other systems in your body, including the…

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Lene Andersen, Health Guide, commented on A Beginner’s Guide to RA: Biologics Wow, that's a very scary experience! I'm so glad your son got through it and is…

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Lene Andersen, Health Guide, answered How long does it take for Humira to… I’m so sorry to hear that your husband is having a rough time. It’s…

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Lene Andersen, Health Guide, posted Biologics and Substitution: Advocating… Would you want your pharmacist to tell you and your doctor if they…

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Lene Andersen, Health Guide, posted Biosimilars and Rheumatoid Arthritis… If you live with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), there’s a good chance that…

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