the benefits and risks. What is the best way to go about doing that?
Answer: Arthritis medications and treatments are intended to improve
arthritis symptoms, relieve pain, or slow the progression of the
disease. That's the goal and potential benefit associated with their
use. But there are possible negative ponsequences of treatment, too.
Both must be considered. That's essentially what it means to weigh the
benefits and the risks.
To weigh benefits and risks, you and your doctor need to discuss
common side effects and possible serious adverse
reactions. Certain details should be considered, including:
*severity of arthritis
*present quality of life
*other medical conditions/allergies
*projected ability to tolerate the treatment
*ways to minimize potential side effects
*risk of going without treatment
When all is considered, the potential benefits should outweigh the
possible risks if you're to go forward with treatment.