Biological Response Modifiers (BRMs)
DMARDS: Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs
Glucorticoids (Cortisone-Related Drugs)
NSAIDS (Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs)
Medically Reviewed by: William C. Shiel, Jr, MD, FACP, FACR
Analgesics: A drug that relieves pain. There are many types of pain medications. Some pain medications are actually combinations of drugs that work together to relieve pain. Some pain medications are available over-the-counter (without a prescription), such as aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen, or with a prescription, such as the narcotics oxycodone, propoxyphene, and codeine. Narcotic pain relievers can be habit-forming.
Biological Response Modifiers
(BRMs)--also known as Biologic DMARDS (Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic
Substances that modify the body's response to infection and disease. The body
naturally produces small amounts of these substances. Scientists can produce
some of them in the laboratory in large amounts for use in treating cancer,
rheumatoid arthritis, and other diseases.
The side effects of BRM therapy often include flu-like symptoms such as chills, fever, muscle aches, weakness, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Some patients develop a rash, and some bleed or bruise easily. Interleukin therapy can cause swelling. Depending on the severity of these problems, patients may need to stay in the hospital during treatment. These side effects are usually short-term and go gradually away after treatment stops.