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.
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…