If you have been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, you are likely wondering about treatment options. You will receive a lot of anecdotal accounts of wonder cures as well as treatments that just don’t work. However, it is always best to get your medical advice from the professionals.
There are a number of drugs that patients find effective for treating the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis. Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, such as ibuprofen, may ease your pain and swelling. If these types of medications do not have any noticeable impact, you may need stronger medications prescribed by a doctor.
OTC Psoriatic Arthritis Drugs
NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are a type of OTC medicine which your doctor may recommend in the first instance. These drugs are designed to treat symptoms such as pain and inflammation for conditions including psoriatic arthritis. Two of the most common examples of OTC drugs which fall under the category of NSAIDs are Ibuprofen which includes the brand names Motrin and Advil, and Naproxen which includes the names Anaprox and Aleve. Your doctor may also prescribe NSAIDs that are not available OTC.
Disease-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs)
A doctor will discuss DMARDs with you if you need a more effective treatment option for psoriatic arthritis to stem the damage caused to joints. These drugs take longer to start having an impact, and there is also a greater risk of suffering from side effects when taking DMARDs. Sulfasalazine, Leflunomide, Methotrexate and Cyclosporine are examples of DMARDs, which your doctor may recommend combining for more effective relief.
Immunosuppressants, as the name suggests, are used to suppress symptoms in people who suffer from psoriatic arthritis. This type of drug is associated with the potential for serious side effects and is usually reserved for patients with severe symptoms and who are under close scrutiny from a doctor.
The purpose of taking TNF-alpha inhibitors is twofold: The drug can help with the symptoms of both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Much like with immunosuppressants, TNF-alpha inhibitors can result in the patient experiencing serious side effects.
At-Home & Lifestyle
Heat and cold treatments are often recommended by doctors to ease the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis. Speak to your doctor about how to apply heat and cold for the specific symptoms you are experiencing.
It is also important not to overdo it at home when it comes to everyday activities, such as sitting, walking, lifting, etc. Your doctor may refer you to physiotherapist to help you make lifestyle adjustments. Diet also plays an important part in managing psoriatic arthritis symptoms, so if your weight is putting strain on your joints, it is time to make some changes.
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