They are a type of medication called a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) for short which may prevent the development of joint damage. DMARDs, including biologics, are different to medicines that simply block the pain or other symptoms you’re feeling. They work by blocking specific substances in the immune system.
Biological DMARDs (bDMARDs) can only be used if other conventional (or non-biological) DMARDs have not adequately controlled your arthritis. DMARDs and bDMARD are usually only prescribed by specialists. Regular blood tests are usually necessary to test the effectiveness of these medicines and to check for any unwanted side effects. For more information on biological DMARDs, see Things to consider when taking a biologic.
Use our medication search to find out more information about specific biological DMARDs that have been prescribed for you.
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