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Stopped medication for rheumatoid arthritis. No symptoms. Need further treatment?

my brother suffered from rheumatoid arthritis but now he is perfectly okay..but the course of medicine the doctor gave him he left that after he became about 3-4months have passed and he hasn't took those medicines.i want to ask whether i should consult the doctor again or i forcefully give him the same medicine that he was reffered to eat.

Asked On : Sat, 20 Apr 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hello, this is just to inform you that treatment for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is life long. The characteristic feature of RA is remissions (symptom free period) and exacerbations (increase in severity of symptoms). Propably your brother might have been in remission phase without any symptoms and this doesn't mean to say that he is totally free of disease. So you have to definitely continue taking medications. Beware that RA affects all synovial joints in the body and makes a person crippled if treatment is neglected. Hope i made it clear for you. Regards
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Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Sunil Kumar Srivastava's  Response
Rheumatoid if correctly diagnosed has a continuous treatment.Get ESR,CRP ANTI_CCP serum tests for exact nature of disease.If it shows normal values , no medication needs be done. If diagnosis is confirmed on these tests, then medication may be needed, yes, there are remissions and exacerbation off and on and , symptom free period doesn't mean disease free. Yes depending on medication selected by your doctor , sometimes if only NSAIDS been given, they can be stopped if pain ,swelling free, but if DMARD treatment been begun , then some maintenance dose is prescribed even in remission period. It all depends on severity of disease and on DAS score.
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