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How do DMARDs help treat arthritis?

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These drugs are often able to alter the course of some forms of inflammatory arthritis -- such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, or ankylosing spondylitis -- that can destroy the joints. Often these drugs are the first ones used for these diseases.

DMARDs work by interfering with or suppressing the immune system that attacks the joints in people with certain forms of inflammatory arthritis. Aggressive treatment of arthritis often involves using one or more DMARDs.

From: Arthritis Drug Overview WebMD Medical Reference

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WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Arthritis: Topical Painkillers;" "Anti-Inflammatory Painkillers and Arthritis;" "Steroids to Treat Arthritis;" "Arthritis: Disease Modifying Medications;" "New Treatments for Inflammatory Arthritis: Biologics;" "Arthritis: Narcotic Pain Relievers;" "Chemotherapy Drugs to treat Arthritis;" "Hyaluronan Injections to Treat Osteoarthritis;" and "Gout."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 21, 2018

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WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Arthritis: Topical Painkillers;" "Anti-Inflammatory Painkillers and Arthritis;" "Steroids to Treat Arthritis;" "Arthritis: Disease Modifying Medications;" "New Treatments for Inflammatory Arthritis: Biologics;" "Arthritis: Narcotic Pain Relievers;" "Chemotherapy Drugs to treat Arthritis;" "Hyaluronan Injections to Treat Osteoarthritis;" and "Gout."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 21, 2018

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