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What chemotherapy drugs are used to treat rheumatic diseases?

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Chemotherapy drugs that treat rheumatic diseases include:

  • Methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall), which is widely used by rheumatologists. It’s effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatic diseases and is relatively safe.
  • Imuran, which can suppress the abnormal immune response in some people who have vasculitis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Cytoxan, which is more powerful and has more side effects. It’s usually given as an IV to treat the most aggressive rheumatic diseases.

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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