When you take DMARDs, it will have an effect on your body that can help you to be more comfortable if you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, it may help to reduce the possibility for damage that occurs to the joint as well. The primary way that these medications work is by reducing inflammation and pain. Since inflammation is a severe problem associated with rheumatoid arthritis, it can cause additional problems and can even affect the function and structure of the joints. By limiting how much inflammation is occurring, it may be able to help prevent additional damage to the joint and preserve the structure of it.
When you take this medication, it is going to have an impact on your immune system as well as a possible impact on your inflammatory system. By suppressing those systems, it can help to relieve some of the symptoms you are experiencing. DMARDs may not take immediate effect and you may need to continue to take them for weeks or perhaps even months in order to experience the full benefit. In order to provide a faster relief of the pain you are experiencing, your doctor may suggest that you take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or perhaps prednisone. Sometimes you will use those medications in combination with each other to help reduce pain even further.
DMARDs are not going to be an appropriate choice for every patient but they can help some people to be more comfortable and to have a higher quality of life. Talk to Dr. Lavery about the possibility of using this drug to treat the symptoms of your rheumatoid arthritis. It may be able to make a difference in your life as well.