Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinical Trials

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Which treatment is best for rheumatoid arthritis?

The first treatment usually given for rheumatoid arthritis is the drug methotrexate, which is often combined with another disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) and a short course of steroids for pain relief. Other DMARDs include leflunomide, hydroxychloroquine, and sulfasalazine. If you are looking to join a rheumatoid arthritis clinical trial, Power can help you search recent trials by condition, treatment, or location.

What is the main cause of rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by the immune system attacking its own healthy body tissue. However, it is currently unknown what triggers this autoimmune response. Theories have been suggested for why the immune system attacks the joints, but none of them have been proven. You can find the most recent rheumatoid arthritis clinical trials by using Power, which allows you to search trials tailored to your condition, location, and ideal treatment.

What is the first line of treatment for rheumatoid arthritis?

Medications most often used for rheumatoid arthritis are hydroxychloroquine, sulfasalazine, leflunomide, infliximab (Remicade), and etanercept (Enbrel). Of these, sulfasalazine or hydroxychloroquine are often used first, but in severe cases methotrexate or combination therapy are used as the first line of treatment. Several new disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are currently being tested in clinical trials. Power makes it easy to find rheumatoid arthritis clinical trials tailored to your condition, treatment, or location.

How fast do rheumatoid arthritis symptoms progress?

Rheumatoid arthritis typically begins slowly, with symptoms developing over the course of weeks or months. The first thing most patients notice is stiffness in one or more joints, followed by pain during movement or tenderness in the joint. The most common joints affected are those in the hands, wrists, and small joints of the feet. To find active rheumatoid arthritis clinical trials in your area, you can use Power to search by condition, treatment, or location.

Can rheumatoid arthritis go away?

While there is currently no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, early diagnosis and appropriate treatment allow many people to go months or even years between flare-ups. This helps people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis live a higher quality of life and maintain regular employment. If you are looking to join a rheumatoid arthritis clinical trial, Power can help you search recent trials by condition, treatment, or location.

Which probiotic is best for rheumatoid arthritis?

Studies have shown that lactobacillus casei and lactobacillus acidophilus, both of which are commonly found in yogurt, can reduce joint inflammation more effectively than the NSAID indomethacin. However, researchers do not believe that probiotics will be used as a treatment for arthritis anytime soon. In the future, probiotics may be verified and tested through clinical trials to be an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. You can find the most recent rheumatoid arthritis clinical trials by using Power, which allows you to search trials tailored to your condition, location, and ideal treatment.

What is the safest drug for rheumatoid arthritis?

The antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine is a relatively safe and well-tolerated drug used for treating rheumatoid arthritis. However, since its ability to prevent joint damage is limited on its own, its use should be limited to patients with mild forms of the disease. Hydroxychloroquine is sometimes used in combination with methotrexate and sulfasalazine as a "triple therapy" for rheumatoid arthritis. Power makes it easy to find rheumatoid arthritis clinical trials tailored to your condition, treatment, or location.

Does rheumatoid arthritis make you tired all the time?

Rheumatoid arthritis can cause fatigue because inflammation in the body can lead to physical weakness, drowsiness, and exhaustion. Many people with rheumatoid arthritis report fatigue to be the worst symptom of the disease. Fatigue can increase the need for sleep or make it difficult to concentrate or accomplish basic tasks. To find active rheumatoid arthritis clinical trials in your area, you can use Power to search by condition, treatment, or location.

What is the most common cause of death in patients with rheumatoid arthritis?

A study from 1990 found that the most common causes of death in patients with rheumatoid arthritis were infectious diseases (20.5%), respiratory diseases (16%), and gastrointestinal diseases (14.7%). The major respiratory diseases were interstitial pneumonia and chronic obstructive lung diseases, while the major gastrointestinal diseases were perforation or bleeding of a peptic ulcer. If you are looking to join a rheumatoid arthritis clinical trial, Power can help you search recent trials by condition, treatment, or location.

Is the sun good for rheumatoid arthritis?

The sun can be good for rheumatoid arthritis as it helps the body synthesize vitamin D, which is essential for healthy bones and a well-functioning immune system. In addition, vitamin D deficiencies have been linked to autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. You can find the most recent rheumatoid arthritis clinical trials by using Power, which allows you to search trials tailored to your condition, location, and ideal treatment.

Has anyone cured themselves of rheumatoid arthritis?

While there is currently no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, it can feel like it is cured when in remission. Early diagnosis and aggressive treatment with disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) help make remission more achievable today than ever before. Power makes it easy to find rheumatoid arthritis clinical trials tailored to your condition, treatment, or location.

Can you live a normal life with rheumatoid arthritis?

A 2018 study found that 80% of people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis can live normal lives without the need for medication. Thirty years ago only 50% of people could say the same, and many people with rheumatoid arthritis eventually required a wheelchair. Clinical trials can help improve the lives of people with rheumatoid arthritis even further. To find active rheumatoid arthritis clinical trials in your area, you can use Power to search by condition, treatment, or location.

What vegetables are bad for rheumatoid arthritis?

Vegetables that are members of the nightshade family like eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, and potatoes are potentially bad for rheumatoid arthritis. This is because nightshade vegetables contain the chemical solanine, which can aggravate inflammation and arthritis pain in some people. If you are looking to join a rheumatoid arthritis clinical trial, Power can help you search recent trials by condition, treatment, or location.

How quickly can rheumatoid arthritis progress?

Rheumatoid arthritis usually develops gradually over several weeks, but in some cases it can progress quickly over several days. The onset of symptoms varies from person to person, and symptoms can come and go or change over time. You can find the most recent rheumatoid arthritis clinical trials by using Power, which allows you to search trials tailored to your condition, location, and ideal treatment.

Does rheumatoid arthritis show up on x-ray?

X-ray images have been used for decades to detect rheumatoid arthritis as well as monitor the progression of bone damage. However, x-rays may appear normal in early rheumatoid arthritis even though the disease is active, making them useful as a baseline but not ideal for early diagnosis and treatment. Power makes it easy to find rheumatoid arthritis clinical trials tailored to your condition, treatment, or location.

Is caffeine bad for rheumatoid arthritis?

It is debatable whether a link exists between coffee and an increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis or osteoporosis. While some studies show that coffee increases risk, others do not. The best advice is to drink coffee in moderation, which means no more than two cups per day. To find active rheumatoid arthritis clinical trials in your area, you can use Power to search by condition, treatment, or location.

Is avocado good for rheumatoid arthritis?

Avocados are good for rheumatoid arthritis as they are a good source of vitamin E. Vitamin E is a micronutrient with anti-inflammatory effects, and diets high in vitamin E have been shown to decrease the risk of joint damage. If you are looking to join a rheumatoid arthritis clinical trial, Power can help you search recent trials by condition, treatment, or location.

What happens to joints in rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis causes the lining of a joint to become inflamed, causing damage to the joint tissue. This damage can cause long-lasting or chronic pain, lack of balance, and joint misshapenness. You can find the most recent rheumatoid arthritis clinical trials by using Power, which allows you to search trials tailored to your condition, location, and ideal treatment.

How does rheumatoid arthritis affect the brain?

People with rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to have blocked or narrowed arteries in the brain caused by systemic inflammation. This can lead to problems with memory, attention, and mental focus. Many people with rheumatoid arthritis say that the brain fog is nearly as stressful as the arthritis itself. Power makes it easy to find rheumatoid arthritis clinical trials tailored to your condition, treatment, or location.

How does rheumatoid arthritis affect the heart?

The inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis can cause build-up in the arteries, slowly narrowing blood vessels, blocking blood flow, and causing a heart attack or stroke. However, this does not mean those with rheumatoid arthritis are destined to have heart troubles. With the right treatment and preventative measures, those living with rheumatoid arthritis can keep their heart and blood vessels healthy. To find active rheumatoid arthritis clinical trials in your area, you can use Power to search by condition, treatment, or location.