By Spondylitis Association of America
On November 4, 2017 the Spondylitis Association of America hosted a free Spondylitis Educational Seminar in San Diego, CA. Our speakers for the day were Rheumatologist John Reveille, MD and Physical Therapist Angelo Papachristos, MBA, BSc (PT).
As of December 1, 2017, the FDA has officially approved Taltz injection 80 mg/mL for treatment of patients with active psoriatic arthritis.
New evidence, presented by Alexander Egeberg, MD, PhD, University of Copenhagen, and colleagues in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology suggests that patients with psoriasis or any related form of the condition, such as psoriatic arthritis, have a higher risk of experiencing a cardiovascular disease event (CVD) compared to non-afflicted individuals.
Chances are, if you are living with spondyloarthritis, you have taken Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs,) as they are the most widely used class of medications for spondyloarthritis symptom relief. You are also likely aware that all NSAIDs carry some risk of major toxicity. A recent study now suggests that some NSAIDs carry higher risks for older adults who take NSAIDs regularly.
Biologic medications can play an important role for those living with spondyloarthritis. They may slow the progression of the disease, treat joint/spinal arthritic pain, and can generally alleviate many symptoms. However, like all medications, they have drawbacks for those taking them - one being that patients on biologics can’t receive live vaccines - including, until very recently, the Shingles vaccine.
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