What is leflunomide and is it effective to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

Updated: Feb 07, 2020
  • Author: Howard R Smith, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Minocycline may act as a DMARD through its action as a matrix metalloproteinase inhibitor (MMPI). Leflunomide is the most recent addition to the nonbiologic DMARDs and has activity similar to that of SSZ and MTX. Most of these drugs have been shown to improve signs and symptoms (as well as quality of life) and to significantly retard radiographic progression of RA.


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