March 3, 2009
Health Day News reported that drugs used to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis may increase patients’ risk of drug injuries such shingles.
The report comes after a study indicates that the risk for drug injuries such as shingles is increased in older patients who take rheumatoid arthritis drugs, and especially in those taking steroids.
Though the report may help patients and doctors be better informed about interactions between medications, it is not likely that knowledge of the potential drug injuries will change the way rheumatoid arthritis medications are prescribed.
Texas patients taking rheumatoid arthritis medications and steroids could experience an increased risk for Texas drug injuries.