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RA News: Pfizer Pill Beats Methotrexate, Alcohol Reduces RA Risk, Periodontal Disease High

Pfizer oral JAK “superior” to methotrexate Pfizer released a statement about their two year study, ORAL Start, which puts their new oral JAK treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis directly up against methotrexate.  The oral medication, currently called tofacitinib, is taken twice daily in either 5 or 10 mg doses. “Tofacitinib was found to be superior to MTX...Continue reading      9 Comments » Read more

Methotrexate and Rheumatoid Arthritis: Is Alcohol Consumption Safe?

RA Medicines were a gift The day I finally met the good rheumatologist, I was given several prescriptions. But, they weren’t Christmas presents. They came with stern warnings. Do not get pregnant; do not drink any alcohol… the regular drill. At that point, I was scared stiff. Well, I was stiff already anyway. However, I was also...Continue reading      113 Comments » Read more

Opioid Restrictions Versus Patient Needs

The thinking behind recent opioid restrictions There are two sides to arguments behind recent efforts at opioid restrictions in the U.S. However one side has been dominant in the last couple of years. State and federal governments have enacted opioid restrictions in an attempt to reduce misuse of prescription medications. Options for patients with severe pain...Continue reading      20 Comments » Read more

Safe Acetaminophen Dosage with Chronic Pain

Problems knowing acetaminophen dosage Medication safety is one more health concern for people living with frequent acute pain or chronic pain from chronic illness like rheumatoid disease (RD). It’s not always obvious when it comes to acetaminophen dosage especially. Can you believe nearly 50% of excess acetaminophen-related liver damage is an unintentional result of not reading...Continue reading      5 Comments » Read more

Does Diet Influence the Risk of Developing Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)?

“The Mediterranean diet, rich in fish, plant food, mono- and polyunsaturated fat, and including moderate wine consumption, has been suggested to protect against e.g. cardiovascular disease, but its effect on RA development has only been studied to a limited extent.”[1] Do Mediterranean or vegetarian diets impact Rheumatoid Arthritis risk? The Swedish Epidemiological Investigation of Rheumatoid Arthritis (EIRA)...Continue reading      31 Comments » Read more

Efficacy of Xeljanz, Biologics, & DMARDs in Rheumatoid Disease

Why should I feel like I failed? I’m not alone We probably agree it’s unfair to say, “patients fail treatments” instead of the reverse, but there is still disappointment. I was optimistic that my Rheumatoid disease would respond to Xeljanz, the new oral DMARD (disease modifying anti-rheumatic drug) from Pfizer. Unfortunately, my joint stiffness and inflammation,...Continue reading      44 Comments » Read more

The End of the Methotrexate Shortage, Thanks to Pfizer?

Pfizer addresses U.S. methotrexate shortage that hurts RA patients Earlier this year the FDA approved an abbreviated new drug application, securing Pfizer’s right to sell injectable methotrexate in the U.S. Recently, Pfizer says they began shipping to customers. This move by Pfizer addresses an urgent shortage of methotrexate in the U.S. that has affected many Rheumatoid...Continue reading      21 Comments » Read more
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