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Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis Medications (cont.)

Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs)

Drugs in this class include azathioprine (Imuran), cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral), gold salts (Ridaura, Solganal, Aurolate, Myochrysine), hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil), leflunomide (Arava), methotrexate (Rheumatrex), penicillamine (Cuprimine), and sulfasalazine (Azulfidine).

  • How DMARDs work: This group includes a wide variety of agents that work in many different ways. They all interfere with the immune processes that promote inflammation.
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