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How can seronegative spondyloarthritis be treated?

hi, i am pranab chakraborty and i have been suffering from seronegative spondyloarthritis. doctor prescribed me sazo 1000 tablet and he said to me that you have to take this medicine for life time. he prescribed this medicine after conducted hla b 27 test which was positive. my question is to you that sazo 1000 tablet is a steroid or not and if i continue with this medicine whether i would feel any disease in latter of my life. my age is now 35.
Mon, 30 Apr 2018
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Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service.
I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

There is no cure for Rheumatoid arthritis. However, its remission (control of the symptoms) can be achieved, if treatment begins early with strong medications known as Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) like Sazo (Sulfasalazine).

Sazo drug can slow the progression of Spondyloarthritis and save the joints and other tissues
from permanent damage. Its common side effects include skin rash, stomach upset, hemolytic anemia, liver injury, bone marrow suppression, hemolytic anemia, and severe lung infections.

So, during the course of treatment, you need to be closely monitored by your doctor for the expected side effects as listed above. Sazo drug is not a steroid but a DMARD as mentioned above.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Dr. Mohammed Taher Ali
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