It is these drugs which have improved the outlook for those with rheumatoid arthritis in recent years. Contrary to treatments in the past, it is now usual to start a DMARD as soon as possible after diagnosis, often in combination with another DMARD.
What are DMARDs ?
DMARD: Disease Modifying Anti-
These drugs ease the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis but also reduce the damaging effects of the disease on the joints by blocking certain chemicals involved in the inflammation process.
Each DMARD has different possible side-
DMARDS often have no immediate effects on pain or inflammation, and could take several weeks or months before you notice the effects. Your disease activity will be monitored (probably with a blood test for C-
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