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Drug therapy – small molecules

David L Scott and Gabrielle Kingsley

in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199556755
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607334 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199556755.003.0005

Series: Oxford Rheumatology Library

Drug therapy – small molecules

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• Analgesics and NSAIDs reduce pain in RA and decrease joint tenderness and stiffness; neither type of drug modifies the course of RA • DMARDs reduce joint inflammation, improve function and reduce the progression of joint damage • Glucocorticoids help to control active RA and reduce the progression of joint damage but long-term toxicity substantially limits their value • Conventional treatments suppress but do not cure RA

Chapter.  3983 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Rheumatology

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