3 Things You Should Know About Treatment for Psoriatic Arthritis
If you have recently been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, your doctor may have told you about a type of medicine that can reverse disease progression, stop damage to your joints – and might even put your disease into remission.
These medicines are called DMARDs, which stands for disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs. The drugs work by curbing the body’s out-of-control immune system response that causes psoriatic arthritis.
“DMARDs work by curbing your immune system, and, as a result, reduce inflammation,” says rheumatologist Howard R. Smith, MD.
Doctors often prescribe DMARDs when non-steroidal anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen or other medications aren’t effective or for patients who have disease that is eroding their joints, Dr. Smith says.