What are the common misconceptions about the effectiveness of less costly rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treatments?

Updated: Feb 07, 2020
  • Author: Howard R Smith, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Another misconception is that a medication must be expensive to be helpful. Generic NSAIDs, low-dose prednisone, [25] and the first-line DMARDs are quite inexpensive yet remarkably effective for relieving symptoms, a point that bears emphasizing. The belief that one must be given the latest TNF inhibitor to be treated effectively can be addressed by a careful review of the overall treatment program and the proper role of such agents in the patient’s plan of care.


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