Have you wondered if some arthritis drugs
affect weight even though your doctor says they won’t. Experts say this because they
want you to believe it. But recent data says otherwise. Coming up next.
Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs affect weight of patients with RA
Reported in Healio, the results of a long term study conducted at the Department of
veteran Affairs. The researchers evaluated a large cohort of patients with rheumatoid
arthritis treated with various agents. Of four disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs,
Arava was most likely to cause weight loss and prednisone was associated with weight
gain in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, according to the results of the study. Comment: Not surprising. As the dose of prednisone
increases above 5 mgs per day, I have noticed patients may begin to gain weight. The trick
is to keep the dose low.