Rheumatoid arthritis treatment: Can antibiotics help?
Rheumatoid arthritis treatment: Can antibiotics reduce symptoms?
What is Mayo Clinic's opinion on the use of antibiotics in rheumatoid arthritis treatment?
Researchers continue to explore the possibility that rheumatoid arthritis may be triggered by some form of infection. If true, it may be possible to prevent or stop the progression of the disease by taking an antibiotic. However, studies of the usefulness of antibiotic therapy for rheumatoid arthritis have produced mixed results. Here are some conclusions:
Antibiotics have many potential side effects, some serious. Also, the effects of long-term antibiotic use are unknown. More research is needed to determine what, if any, role antibiotics play in rheumatoid arthritis treatment.
Last Updated: 05/23/2006
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