Secukinumab

Secukinumab (trade name Cosentyx) is a type of drug known as an interleukin-17A (IL-17A) inhibitor. IL-17A is an immune molecule found in our blood. In people with psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, IL-17A is overproduced in the body causing inflammation and joint damage. This can result in stiff and painful joints and restricted movement as seen in people with psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. Secukinumab binds to IL-17A and blocks its effect, helping to improve these symptoms. » read more

 
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Apremilast

Apremilast (trade name Otezla) belongs to a group of medicines called phosphodiesterase 4 inhibitors, which help to reduce inflammation. » read more

 
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Ustekinumab

Ustekinumab (trade name Stelara) is an active substance known as a monoclonal antibody. Monoclonal antibodies are proteins that recognise and bind specifically to certain proteins in the body. Ustekinumab belongs to a group of medicines known as immunosuppressants. These drugs have the effect of dampening down part of the immune system (the body's own defence system), which may be overactive in some conditions. » read more

 
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Methotrexate

Methotrexate is a type of drug known as a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD). These drugs have the effect of dampening down the underlying disease process and helping to prevent joint damage, rather than simply treating symptoms of pain and stiffness. Methotrexate works by reducing the activity of the immune system (the body's own defence system), which may be overactive in some conditions. » read more

 
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Drug information Leaflet order form

If you would like to order hard copies of these leaflets please use the order form which can be downloaded here. » read more

 
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Tocilizumab

Tocilizumab (trade name RoActemra) is a type of drug called a biological therapy. In people with rheumatoid arthritis a protein called IL-6 is overproduced in the body, causing tiredness, anaemia, and inflammation and damage to bones, cartilage and tissue. Tocilizumab blocks the action of IL-6 and reduces these effects. » read more

 
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Sulfasalazine

Sulfasalazine is a type of drug known as a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD). These drugs have the effect of dampening down the underlying disease process, rather than simply treating symptoms. Sulfasalazine is generally prescribed as Salazopyrin EN-Tabs. This is the brand name for sulfasalazine that is specially coated so that it does not dissolve quickly in your stomach. » read more

 
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Steroid tablets

Some steroids occur naturally in the human body. Man-made steroids act like natural steroids to reduce inflammation. They can be given as injections or in tablet form. Prednisolone is the most commonly prescribed steroid tablet for people with rheumatic conditions. It is available as plain or enteric-coated tablets, which are specially coated so that they do not dissolve quickly in your stomach. » read more

 
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Rituximab

Rituximab (trade name MabThera) is a type of drug called a biological therapy. It removes a type of cell called B-cells. Some B- cells produce harmful autoantibodies which attack the body's own tissues. It also removes the B-cells which make useful antibodies that protect you against infection, but these return after a few months. » read more

 
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Painkillers

Painkillers are drugs that help to reduce pain. When we Painkillers are drugs that help to reduce pain. When we talk about painkillers, we are usually referring to a group talk about painkillers, we are usually referring to a group of drugs called analgesics. There are three different types of drugs called analgesics. » read more

 
 
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