Biologics Drug Guide
Biologic response modifiers, or biologics, target proteins, cells and pathways responsible for triggering the symptoms and damage from autoimmune and inflammatory types of arthritis. The drugs work by interfering with one of the following: tumor necrosis factor (TNF), B cells (a type of white blood cell), T cells (another type of white blood cell) and interleukins (including IL-1, IL-6, IL-12 and IL-23).
Biologics increase the risk of serious infections and may cause "silent" infections (e.g., tuberculosis and hepatitis B) to reoccur. Some may increase the risk of certain types of cancer, cause new or worsening congestive heart failure or multiple sclerosis.
Many biologics are not recommended during pregnancy and nursing. You should tell your doctor if you are pregnant, nursing or plan to become pregnant.
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Our biologics drug guide includes:
- What you should learn before starting biologics
- Side effects
- Drug interactions
- Symptoms to be aware of
- Pregnancy warnings
- Details on biologics