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Dr. Evan Howard Leibowitz, M.D.

Rheumatologist

Dr. Evan Leibowitz is a rheumatologist practicing in Midland Park, NJ. Dr. Leibowitz specializes in the treatment of musculoskeletal diseases and systematic autoimmune conditions that can affect the bones, muscles or bones. Eventually, if not treated, these illnesses can also impact the skin, eyes, nervous system and internal organs. Dr. Leibowitz treats diseases similar to orthopedists but does not perform surgery. Often times, research is conducted to find potential alternatives for the patients illness.
27 years Experience
Dr. Evan Howard Leibowitz, M.D.
  • Midland Park, NJ
  • New York University School of Medicine
  • Accepting new patients

Is there a permanent cure for arthritis?

Hello, There are many types of arthritis. For now, there are no known cures to any arthritis types. There are lots of effective treatments. The key is to get the correct arthritis READ MORE
Hello,

There are many types of arthritis. For now, there are no known cures to any arthritis types. There are lots of effective treatments. The key is to get the correct arthritis diagnosis. That will help establish the best treatment to help with your quality of life and function.

My sister is suffering from sacroiliitis. Will it affect her chances of getting pregnant?

I am sorry to hear that your sister is in so much pain. In general it would be best to get the inflammation and pain under control before she gets pregnant. I am not aware of any READ MORE
I am sorry to hear that your sister is in so much pain. In general it would be best to get the inflammation and pain under control before she gets pregnant. I am not aware of any studies that document decreased fertility related to active sacroilitis. However, there may be complications with the pregnancy and child birth related to active inflammation. There are medications that she can take prior to getting pregnant which are relatively safe in pregnancy. For example Cimzia (a TNF blocking medication like Humira or Enbrel), is highly effective and does not cross the placenta and is not known to adversely effect the baby during pregnancy.
In summary, I highly recommend that she get the disease under control before getting pregnant.

RA and pregnancy

Hello, The most important thing is for you to have a great trusting relationship with your rheumatologist. Let them know what you are thinking about. It will be important to READ MORE
Hello,

The most important thing is for you to have a great trusting relationship with your rheumatologist. Let them know what you are thinking about. It will be important to discuss if and when you are planning to get pregnant. Methotrexate is associated with birth defects. If you start thinking about conception, you will want to be off methotrexate for at least a few weeks before you start trying. Often but not always the RA will go into a remission during pregnancy. If that occurs you will need little or no medications throughout the pregnancy. However if the RA flares there are still some medications that you can take safely during pregnancy such as low dose prednisone and hydroxychloroquine (plaquenil). You will also want to discuss if you plan to breast feed as that will impact what medications you can take for the RA after you deliver the baby. It will be important to re-start medication post partum because even if the RA goes into remission during the pregnancy, it often flares after the baby is born.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Hello, Excessive sweating and drowsiness are not typically associated with sulfasalazine or plaquenil. Those symptoms may be coming from the zomorph (morphine ER) however. Feel READ MORE
Hello,

Excessive sweating and drowsiness are not typically associated with sulfasalazine or plaquenil. Those symptoms may be coming from the zomorph (morphine ER) however.

Feel better.