How is rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treated during pregnancy?

Updated: May 11, 2018
  • Author: Katherine K Temprano, MD; Chief Editor: Christine Isaacs, MD  more...
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None of the medications used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is absolutely safe during pregnancy. Hence, the decision to use medications should be made after careful assessment of the risks and benefits in consultation with the patient. Pain control through nonpharmacologic management (eg, paraffin baths, decreased physical activity, splinting, cold packs) can be used as adjunctive care.


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