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How long does chemotherapy drug treatment for rheumatologic and autoimmune diseases last?

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Usually, for treatment of rheumatologic and autoimmune diseases, it takes weeks to months for chemotherapy drugs to be fully effective. If there’s no benefit in 4 months, it is unlikely that continuing the chemotherapy drug at the same dose will help.

Methotrexate and Imuran can be used for many years if needed, as long as they don’t cause serious side effects. Cytoxan is generally used for more limited periods because of its greater side effects. But sometimes, more prolonged use is needed.

From: Chemotherapy Drugs Used to Treat Arthritis WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 13, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 09/13/2018

SOURCE: American College of Rheumatology.

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 13, 2018

SOURCE: American College of Rheumatology.

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 13, 2018

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