STEROIDS EFFECTIVE IN RHEUMATOID ARTHRITISThere had been significant development in the life of the people suffering from the rheumatoid arthritis as the steroids were used with the standard treatment According to the sources, low doses of steroids can inhibit joint damage, if used in the early stage of rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease in which the body’s immune system attacks and destroys healthy joint tissue. The hands and feet are generally affected, and as the disease progresses it can cause pain, swelling, deformity and disability.

The steroids used in the treatment are called as glucocorticoids and it also includes the well-known anti-inflammatory prednisone. This medication is generally suggested in the first few months after diagnosis to relieve the discomfort of RA until slower-acting drugs begin protecting the joints.

Quality evidence supports medication of combining the pills with standard medications in the first two years after diagnosis. Sources say that the research was conducted by the scientists which had 15 studies including 1,414 patients. In most of the cases, patients were given low doses of glucocorticoid pills along with disease-modifying drugs for one to two years.

Periodic X-rays showed the extent of joint erosion and other signs of damage a bit less than what it was before staring with the treatment.

On the basis of the report by the sources it can be conclude that if people are put on the lowest possible dose of steroids it can get them off it as soon as possible. Glucocorticoid pills are really effective in treatment of the rheumatoid arthritis.

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