What are the benefits of early treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with DMARDs?

Updated: Feb 07, 2020
  • Author: Howard R Smith, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Many studies have revealed that early treatment of RA (ie, within months of onset) with DMARDs not only can retard disease progression more efficiently than later treatment but also may induce more remissions. [65, 66, 67] Thus, early DMARD therapy (68 </ref>Patients with early forms of arthritis should be evaluated by and, if necessary, referred to physicians who are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of RA.


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