Biological Therapy (cont.)
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What are examples of biological therapies?
Modes of biologic therapy that involve blocking the action of specific proteins of inflammation, called tumor necrosis factor (TNF), are being used for the treatment of a number of diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease. Etanercept (Enbrel) and infliximab (Remicade) are examples of commercially available injectable TNF-blocking treatments for patients with severe rheumatoid arthritis.
What are the side effects of biological therapy?
Depending on how severe these problems are, for some patients hospitalization during treatment may be required. Side effects are usually short-term and gradually subside after treatment ends.
The long-term side effects of the various currently available biological therapies will be better defined with future research from which will also surely emerge new and valuable forms of these treatments.
Last Editorial Review: 4/16/2002
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