What is the role of DMARDs in the management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

Updated: Aug 22, 2019
  • Author: Howard R Smith, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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DMARDs represent the most important measure in the successful treatment of RA. These agents can retard or prevent disease progression and, thus, joint destruction and subsequent loss of function. Successful DMARD therapy may eliminate the need for other anti-inflammatory or analgesic medications; however, until the full action of DMARDs takes effect, anti-inflammatory or analgesic medications may be required as bridging therapy to reduce pain and swelling.


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