Side Effects of Biologics for Rheumatic Dz May Up Anxiety

Share this content:
Side Effects of Biologics for Rheumatic Dz May Up Anxiety
Side Effects of Biologics for Rheumatic Dz May Up Anxiety

TUESDAY, Aug. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Potential side effects of biological agents may increase anxiety in patients with rheumatic disease, according to research published in the June issue of the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases.

Yavuz Pehlivan, M.D., of Uludag University in Bursa, Turkey, and colleagues enrolled 1,134 patients with a diagnosis of rheumatic disease who used biological agents for at least three months. The State-Trait Anxiety Inventory was used to measure general anxiety levels.

The researchers found that anxiety related to biological agent concerns may significantly affect the overall level of patient anxiety. The most common cause for concern was the potential side effects of the biological agents (59.5 percent), which included risks for cancer (40.1 percent) and tuberculosis activation (30.7 percent). Anxiety levels were significantly higher in patients who experienced side effects than in other patients.

"Anxiety related to biological agents may significantly affect the patients' anxiety levels," the authors write. "Awareness regarding the patients' concerns and expectations related to the drug is important to ensure drug adherence and concordance to treatment."

Abstract/Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Trending Activities

All Professions

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

CDC: Progress in HIV Prevention Has Stalled in the United States

CDC: Progress in HIV Prevention Has Stalled in ...

Agency says effective HIV prevention, treatment not reaching those who could most benefit

AAAAI: Egg Oral Immunotherapy Shows Sustained Benefit in Children

AAAAI: Egg Oral Immunotherapy Shows Sustained Benefit in ...

All children with sustained unresponsiveness ingested concentrated and baked egg

Prenatal Vitamin Intake in Early Pregnancy May Cut Autism Risk

Prenatal Vitamin Intake in Early Pregnancy May Cut ...

ASD risk down for children whose mothers took prenatal vitamins during first month of pregnancy

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »