|ARTHRITIS DRUG WARNINGS|
Yesterday, Sept. 4, the Food and Drug Administration ordered stronger warnings on four medications used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
The drugs - Remicade, Enbrel, Humira, and Cimzia, - work by suppressing the immune system. According to the FDA this exposes some patients to serious, even fatal, fungal infections. As of Thursday, the FDA had received 240 reports of one such type of infection, called histoplasmosis. In at least 21 of the cases, doctors didn't initially recognize the problem, and 12 of the patients died.
The fungus that causes the infection is common in the Mississippi and Ohio river valleys. Patients should stop taking their medication and call the doctor if they develop persistent fever, cough, shortness of breath and fatigue.
Now would be a good time to consider alternatives to drugs that suppress immune function. It's not necessary to put your health at risk to address rheumatoid arthritis. Nutrition and homeopathy are 2 options that can help you get better without harming you.
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