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How are antimetabolites used to treat juvenile arthritis?

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Antimetabolites are a type of drug that is an aggressive therapy aimed at helping reduce further joint damage and keep the joint working as well as possible. The drug Xatmep is an oral form of methotrexate that can be used to treat polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis in children, usually when NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) don't work.

From: Diagnosing Juvenile Arthritis WebMD Medical Reference

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JAMA: "Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis."

Arthritis Foundation: "Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis."

American College of Rheumatology: "Arthritis in Children."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 19, 2019

SOURCES:

JAMA: "Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis."

Arthritis Foundation: "Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis."

American College of Rheumatology: "Arthritis in Children."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 19, 2019

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