Aggressive treatment can help prevent long term disability from rheumatoid arthritis so if you have moderate to severe ra and dont respond to traditional disease modifying antirheumatic drugs . Biological response modifiers are the newest class of drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis ra these modern biologics have greatly improved treatment for many people with ra. Biologic drugs were a game changer for rheumatoid arthritis treatment the first etanercept enbrel was approved in 1998 since then eight more have been developed nine if you count the latest drug tofacitinib xeljanz a synthetic oral drug that acts a bit differently and isnt exactly categorized with other biologics. There are different drugs used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis some are used primarily to ease the symptoms of ra others are used to slow or stop the course of the disease and to inhibit structural damage. Biologics possibly in combination with a conventional disease modifying antirheumatic drug dmard preferably methotrexate mtx are used in accordance with the recommendations of the international rheumatological societies
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