Treatments

Though there is no cure for these diseases, all efforts are made to manage the symptoms and slow the progression to prevent damage and disability.  Many patients find that a combination of medical and alternative/complementary therapies can be helpful.  While IFAA makes no specific recommendation of one treatment over another, we seek to provide as much information to patients as possible.  We recommend that you consult a physician to help you determine your best course of treatment.


MEDICATIONS

As these diseases stem from an overactive and misfiring immune response, medications are used in an effort to suppress the immune system and reduce inflammation.  Commonly used medications include:

  • NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) – Celecoxib, Ibuprofen, Indomethacin
  • Corticosteroids – Prednisone
  • DMARDs (Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs) – Hydroxychloroquine, Leflunomide, Methotrexate
  • Biologics -  Adalimumab, Etanercept, Infliximab
  • Biosimilars* - Amjevita, Erelzi, Inflectra

*Biosimilars are a new type of medication, designed to be similar to an already FDA-approved biologic.

For more information about specific drugs used to treat Autoimmune/Autoinflammatory Arthritis, check out the Arthritis Today Drug Guide.


COMPLEMENTARY & ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

Used either in in addition to or in place of the medications above, many patients find that the following treatments can be helpful in alleviating the pain, stiffness, and other symptoms associated with Autoimmune/Autoinflammatory Arthritis.


  • Acupuncture
  • Medical Marijuana
  • Tai Chi
  • Aromatherapy
  • Meditation
  • Topical Creams/Gels
  • Chiropractic
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve
  • Heat/Cold Therapy
  • Physical Therapy

          Stimulation (TENS)

  • Massage Therapy


  • Yoga