Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis Medications (cont.)
IN THIS ARTICLE
- What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
- What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis?
- What Are the Risks of Rheumatoid Arthritis?
- How Is Rheumatoid Arthritis Treated?
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), nonselective inhibitors of the cyclo-oxygenase (COX-1 and COX-2) enzymes
- NSAIDs, selective cyclo-oxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitors
- Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs)
- Azathioprine (Imuran), Cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral), Gold salts, and Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil)
- Leflunomide (Arava), Methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall), Penicillamine (Cuprimine), and Sulfasalazine (Azulfidine)
- Biologic drugs
- Investigational drugs
- Synonyms and Keywords
- Authors and Editors
- Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis Medications Topic Guide
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.
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
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