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Biologic DMARDs - Dosage - Side Effects - Interactions - Warnings

Biologics (BRMs, TNF Blockers, Biologic DMARDs) drug information, dosage, side effects, drug interactions, and warnings. BRMs (biologic response modifiers), such as TNF blockers and other biologic DMARDs (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs), are medications that stimulate or restore the ability of the immune system to fight arthritis and rheumatic disease.
  1. A - Z: Arthritis Drugs
  2. A - Z: DMARDs
  3. A - Z: Drug Costs
  4. Enbrel (Etanercept) (38)
  5. Humira (Adalimumab) (28)
  6. Kineret (Anakinra) (8)
  7. Orencia (Abatacept) (12)
  8. Raptiva (Efalizumab) (9)
  9. Remicade (Infliximab) (30)
  10. Rituxan (Rituximab) (22)
  11. Simponi (Golimumab) (13)
  12. The Fear of Needles

Financial Assistance for Arthritis Patients Prescribed Biologic Drugs
Arthritis patients treated with biologic drugs may qualify for financial assistance.

Self-Injection of Arthritis Drugs
Several arthritis drugs require self-injection.

What Are Biologics?
Biologics are newer drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other types of inflammatory arthritis.

What Are Biosimilars?
Biosimilars are products that are highly similar to a biologic drugs that are already FDA-approved.

TNF Blockers - What You Need to Know
Enbrel was the first TNF blocker marketed in 1998. Remicade, Humira, Simponi, and Cimzia are other TNF blockers used to treat inflammatory types of arthritis.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment - 2012 ACR Recommendations
The ACR has issued updated recommendations for the use of disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs and biologic drugs to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

Fungal Infection - A Risk With TNF-alpha Blockers
The FDA has announced that the makers of four TNF-alpha drugs must strengthen warnings about fungal infection.

Can TNF Blockers Be Stopped When Remission Is Achieved?
TNF blockers -- Enbrel, Remicade, and Humira -- are biologic drugs with the potential for slowing the progression of rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory types of arthritis. If remission is achieved, can TNF blockers be stopped?

Is Infection a Serious Side Effect of DMARDs and Biologic Drugs?
Some patients are prone to infection while being treated with DMARDs or biologic drugs. Is infection a serious side effect of biologic drugs? What can be done to fight off infection?

Cimzia - What You Need to Know
Cimzia is a TNF (tumor necrosis factor) blocker. The class of drugs, used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, also includes Enbrel, Remicade, Humira, and Simponi.

Actemra (Tocilizumab) - What You Should Know
Actemra (tocilizumab) is a monoclonal antibody used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

Do Biologics Prevent Joint Damage and Deformity?
Biologics, a class of drugs used to treat inflammatory types of arthritis, may prevent joint damage and deformity. What evidence exists that biologics prevent disease progression?

Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Linked To Increased Risk of Infections And Cancer
TNF Blockers, specifically Humira and Remicade reportedly increase the risk of cancer and serious infection.

Is It Possible To Decrease The Risk Of An Allergic Reaction To Remicade?
Dr. Zashin explains what can be done to decrease the chance of having an allergic reaction to Remicade.

What Is a Monoclonal Antibody?
Some of the biolgic drugs for rheumatoid arthritis are monoclonal antibodies. What is a monoclonal antibody?

Are Some Arthritis Patients Unsuitable Candidates For Biologic Drugs?
Biologic drugs, including TNF blockers, are suitable for some but not all arthritis patients.

Biologic Response Modifier: What is it?
Biological therapy, also referred to as immunotherapy or biotherapy, employ biologic response modifiers (BRMs) to stimulate or restore the ability of the immune system to fight disease and/or infection.

Rituxan - What You Need to Know
Cancer drug, Rituxan, has been FDA-approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

Orencia (abatacept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Orencia (abatacept) is a T-cell co-stimulation modulator used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

Orencia vs. TNF Antagonists - What's The Difference Between Orencia And ...
Orencia (abatacept) is the first approved T-cell co-stimulation modulator approved for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. How is Orencia (abatacept) different from Enbrel, Humira, Remicade, and Anakinra?

TNF Blockers (Enbrel, Remicade, Humira) - Test Your Knowledge
How much do you know about the TNF blocker drugs Enbrel, Remicade, and Humira?

TNF Blockers - When Should You Switch?
If an arthritis patient is on one of the TNF blocker drugs, when is it appropriate to switch to another?

Enbrel, Remicade, and Humira - How Are They Similar and Different?
Are there significant similarities and differences between Enbrel, Remicade and Humira?

Side Effects Of Enbrel, Remicade, and Humira - Weighing The Risk vs. Benefits
Arthritis patients sometimes fear the side effects of the TNF blockers Enbrel, Remicade, and Humira. Should they be afraid and avoid these drugs?

TNF Blocker Drugs and Infection Risk
TNF blocker drugs have an infection risk.

TNF Blockers & Skin Disease - Dermatological conditions associated with TNF ...
The group of drugs called TNF-alpha blockers have been associated with various skin conditions by researchers.

Book Review: Arthritis Without Pain - The Miracle Of TNF Blockers
A book about TNF blockers explaining how they work, how they compare to other arthritis drugs. Read about patient success stories and how this breakthrough class of drugs has changed lives.

Combination Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld offers information about what's the latest arthritis treatment, including the benefit of combination therapy.

What Is Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF)?
Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) is the target of several biologic drugs for inflammatory types of arthritis.

Early, Aggressive Arthritis Treatment For Newly Diagnosed Patients
Early, aggressive treatment for arthritis can prevent joint damage and deformity.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatments Do Not Increase Breast Cancer Risk
Research shows no evidence to date that rheumatoid arthritis treatments, particularly the newest medications, increases the risk of breast cancer.

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