Many Stop Taking Rheumatoid Arthritis Meds Too Soon
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|Mon, 06-17-2013 - 1:06pm|
According to Health Day News,many people stop taking their meds for RA too soon. "About half of rheumatoid arthritis patients stopped taking their medications within two years after they started them, a new study finds.
Rheumatoid arthritis affects about one in 100 people worldwide and can cause progressive joint destruction, deformity, pain and stiffness. The disease can reduce physical function, quality of life and life expectancy.
The main reason about one-third of patients discontinued their medications was because the drugs lost their effectiveness, the study authors found. Other reasons included safety concerns (20 percent), doctor preference (nearly 28 percent), patient preference (about 18 percent) and access to treatment (9 percent), according to the study results, which were presented Thursday at the annual meeting of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR), in Madrid, Spain." read more