Because PsA is a progressive disease and can worsen over time, early diagnosis is important. If your doctor gives you a diagnosis of PsA, it's important to discuss your treatment options as soon as possible. While there is no cure, there are 3 types of PsA treatments that may relieve PsA symptoms: pain managers, disease modifiers, and biologics.
Pain managers help control the pain, swelling, and stiffness associated with PsA, although they don't stop further joint damage. They include:
Traditional disease modifiers, or DMARDs (disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs), may help slow, but not stop, the progression of PsA. They include:
Biologics are a newer class of treatment made up of living cells that target specific parts of the immune system. REMICADE® is one such agent. REMICADE® not only slows the progression of PsA, but may also stop further joint damage. In addition, in clinical studies REMICADE® has been shown to:
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Only your doctor can recommend a course of treatment after checking your health condition. REMICADE® (infliximab) can cause serious side effects such as lowering your ability to fight infections. Some patients, especially those 65 years and older, have had serious infections caused by viruses, fungi or bacteria that have spread throughout the body, including tuberculosis (TB) and histoplasmosis. Some of these infections have been fatal. Your doctor should monitor you closely for signs and symptoms of TB during treatment with REMICADE®.
Unusual cancers have been reported in children and teenage patients taking TNF-blocker medicines. Hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma, a rare form of fatal lymphoma, has occurred mostly in teenage or young adult males with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis who were taking REMICADE® and azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine. For children and adults taking TNF blockers, including REMICADE®, the chances of getting lymphoma or other cancers may increase.
You should discuss any concerns about your health and medical care with your doctor.
What should I tell my doctor before I take REMICADE®?
You should let your doctor know if you have or ever had any of the following:
Also tell your doctor if you:
What should I watch for and talk to my doctor about before or while taking REMICADE®?
The following serious (sometimes fatal) side effects have been reported in people taking REMICADE®.
You should tell your doctor right away if you have any of the signs listed below:
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.
Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.