Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a disease where your immune system mistakenly attacks the body's joints, causing pain and swelling.
The cause of RA isn't fully known. Genetics, along with other "triggers" like infections and smoking are possible causes. It develops in about 1% of people, usually around the age of 40-60, and more frequently in women than men. A physical exam by a doctor and blood tests are used to diagnose RA.
There is no cure for RA, by physical therapy and medications are used to control the disease. The goal of treatment is to reduce pain and prevent joint damage. Below are some of the specialty medications carried by Pharmacare that are used to treat RA. Other medications are available as well.
Below are links to other websites with additional information about RA and RA support groups. If you have any questions about your therapy, please call 808-840-5600.
The Arthritis Foundation
The American College of Rheumatology
National Institue of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Gibofsky A. Overview of Epidemiology, Pathophysiology, and Diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Am J Manag Care. 2012;18:S292-S302.
American College of Rheumatology. http://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver/Disease-Conditions/Rheumatoid-Arthritis Accessed Janurary 14, 2016.