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Rheumatoid Arthritis - Medications

What to think about

  • Some DMARDs can take up to 6 months to work.
  • In some people, a certain DMARD may not work at all. So a different DMARD will be used.
  • If you're taking DMARDs, it's a good idea to have a rheumatologist manage your care.
  • Many DMARDs have serious side effects. You will need regular blood and urine tests to check the drug's effects on blood-producing cells (bone marrow), the kidneys, and the liver.
  • If you have other conditions such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, your doctor may recommend that you take medicine to control them.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: February 08, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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