Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic arthritis that occurs in joints on both sides of the body simultaneously such as hands, wrists, or knees. This symmetry helps distinguish rheumatoid arthritis from other types of arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis affects about 1% of the population in this country.
In addition to affecting the joints, rheumatoid arthritis can also affect the skin, eyes, lungs, heart, blood, or nerves. For some people, joint symptoms develop gradually over several years. In others, rheumatoid arthritis may progress rapidly and while other people may have rheumatoid arthritis for a limited period of time and then enter a period of remission.
Treatments include medications, rest and exercise, and surgery to correct damage to the joint. The type of treatment will depend on several factors including the person's age, overall health, medical history, and severity of the arthritis. Beaufort SC infusion services are able to administer any required medications.
There are also many strong medications called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) that are used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Abatacept is a disease-modifying antirheumatic drug, which means it slows the progression of rheumatoid arthritis.
Abatacept may be used alone or in combination with other DMARDs such as methotrexate. Abatacept improves symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in people who have not been helped by other medicines. Abatacept has proven to slow the progression of joint damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Studies have also shown that people had better physical function after treatment with abatacept at Beaufort SC infusion services.
At Beaufort SC infusion services abatacept is given by an injection into a vein. An IV is inserted into your arm and the medicine is given slowly. An infusion takes about 30 minutes.