Dangerous infection, cancer linked to arthritis drugs

The Food and Drug Administration has connected four prescription drugs — Humira, Cimzia, Enbrel and Remicade — with a potentially deadly fungal infection.

In response to nearly 250 reports of the infection, histoplasmosis, in 2008 the FDA ordered drug companies to place stronger warnings on the immune-suppressing medications, according to MSNBC.

The four drugs are used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

The FDA now mandates a “black box” warning label on drugs such as Remicade, Enbrel and Humira. These and other TNF blockers could increase the risk of lymphoma and other cancers in children and adolescents, according to HealthScout.

The drugs could also cause leukemia, lung cancer and psoriasis, HealthScout reports.

For patients with arthritic symptoms, joint health issues or autoimmune disorders, safe and natural enzyme-based supplements might be a good alternative to prescription drugs.

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