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    RA & antibiotics
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    An_215683 posted:
    I was wondering if anyone here has tried antibiotics to treat RA? What was the outcome? How long did it take to work? I started antibiotics about 1-1/2 months ago for my RA. I had a bad reaction to mtx and am scared to death of biologics...
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    Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Dear Anon_15778,

    Welcome! This recent thread included a mention by several members that they were Using Antibiotics for their RA. I also have this article about Minocycline and RA that may give you some help.

    Please talk with your doctor about how long it should take to work for you.

    Best wishes,

    Byroney
     
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    LCover responded:
    Anon,

    I'm curious to know if you have found out more information about this. I'm just learning about it.

    Thanks
     
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    123linz responded:
    Hi there
    I have seronegative arthritis (similar to RA) I took daily anti-inflammatories, but every few months one of knees would treble in size with fluid under it. After many treatments of getting the fluid syringed out of my knee cap followed by a steroid injection, it just wasn't working so my consultant done the following procedure on both knees and after two years I have had only occasional twinges - amazing!!!
    I went into hospital as a day patient, doc would syringe fluid out from under my knee and then inject antibiotics directly into the joint, he them put my leg in a stint all day so I couldnt move but all the antibotics stayed in the joint. It did hurt a little, but it was only the pressure of extra fluids in the joint.
    Anyway I know its a little different from taking a daily tablet but it was def the best thing that I have done for my joints, and if your doc will do it I would recommend it x x x


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