How is disease activity reduced in refractory rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

Updated: Feb 07, 2020
  • Author: Howard R Smith, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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In clinical practice, three strategies are employed to reduce disease activity as much as possible in patients whose disease does not respond or in those with clinical responses that are regarded as insufficient:

  • Increasing the dose of medication
  • Switching to other DMARDs
  • Initiating combination therapy

Because patients may require 2-3 months to achieve a full response to DMARDs, decisions regarding changes in medication are often delayed until that time.


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