There are alternatives to Kevzara when it comes to treating rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Talking with your doctor about alternative treatments and medications is important, especially if you are experiencing adverse side effects from Kevzara or if you do not see any improvement from taking the medication.
Potential Alternatives to Kevzara
Kevzara is a biological agent, which is a “new” category of biological Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (DMARDs). Biological agents target inflammation trigger points in the immune system to reduce joint pain that often results in RA.
There are alternative medications, which include:
Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
NSAIDs work to reduce pain and inflammation in the body, including in the joints. Common NSAIDs include Advil and Motrin, both over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription strength medications used to relieve pain. For advanced pain relief, including pain from RA, your doctor will be able to prescribe you a prescription NSAID based on the severity of your symptoms.
Steroids slow down joint damage and pain by reducing inflammation. One of the most common steroids is prednisone, a prescription drug used to treat inflammation. However use in RA or in cominbation with other medications should be considered by your healthcare provider.
DMARDs work to prevent permanent damage to joints and body tissues by slowing down RA progression. These drugs include leflunomide, hydroxychloroquine, sulfasalazine and methotrexate.