Understanding Your Arthritis Treatment Plan
You’ve just been diagnosed with an inflammatory form of arthritis – rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), ankylosing spondylitis (AS), juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) or lupus. You’re in pain, you’re tired and you’re scared. And now you are confused by what your doctor is telling you to do. The treatment plan seems complicated and the drug names unfamiliar.
Don’t let your fear and confusion stop you from taking action. Treating your inflammatory arthritis as soon as you find out you have it is vitally important. Not only do you want to relieve your pain and fatigue as soon as possible, but you want to stop joint and organ damage before it really gets started.
The articles in this section of the website will help you understand your medicine options and help you make decisions with your doctor about your treatment plan. The articles here will give you the basic information you need and will then link you off to more detailed articles in other sections of the site. After you’ve read up on your diagnosis and your treatment options, have a good talk with your doctor about your treatment plan. Talk openly about your expectations, concerns and fears.
- More About DMARDs: Read an overview of DMARDs, updates, side effects and more.
- More About Biologics: Learn an overview of biologics and read updates, studies, precautions and more.
- More About Medication Safety: Learn more about medication safety, from risks to commonly-asked questions.
- Drug Guide: Learn more about the many drugs used to treat arthritis and arthritis-related conditions, with details on dosages, side effects and warnings.
- Supplement Guide: Read about various arthritis supplements — from uses to side effects — in the Arthritis Today Supplement Guide.
- Joint Decisions: Get the tools and videos to better understand biologics for moderate to severe RA.