TNF Inhibitor

For years, TNF inhibitors have been used in the treatment of a slew of medical conditions. Some of the conditions that this medication can treat is Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and certain types of asthma, among others.

The term TNF refers to tumor necrosis factor. They have been quite effective in treating these diseases. As a positive side effect, it appears that using TNF inhibitors also greatly reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

TNFs are a class of biologics. Also referred to as biotherapy or biological therapy, biologics uses biologic response modifiers, or BRMs, to stimulate parts of the body that are under attack. In doing so, BRMs go to work to restore the ability of the body's immune system to fight off the disease or infection that is threatening.

In some cases, individuals may not receive the level of relief that they need from the TNF inhibitor that they are prescribed. The usual length of prescription is around three months. If, after that period of time, the individual has not experienced significant relief from their symptoms, the doctor may change to another TNF inhibitor.

Unfortunately, using these inhibitors has their own side effects, some of which are much more serious in nature than others. Side effects can start out in severity from reactions at the site of injection, the development of a lupus-like syndrome, or infections. From there, they can progress to congestive heart failure and even some forms of cancer.

While some patients may not be happy with taking these kinds of risks, it is necessary in some cases to prescribe TNF inhibitors due to the severity of the patient's disease.

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