29 July 2008

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

Here are the updated treatment recommendations of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) from the American College of Rheumatology and published online from the medical journal Arthritis & Rheumatism:
  1. Leflunomide or Methotrexate as single or sole medication for patients with disease of any duration or degree of activity.

  2. Hydroxychloroquine or Minocycline for those without poor prognostic features, low disease activity, and disease of short duration.

  3. Sulfasalazine for patients with all disease durations or degrees of disease activity but without poor prognostic features.

Please take note that these are treatment recommendations only. Patients suffering from RA should are never encouraged to self-medicate. The best way to seek treatment for rheumatoid arthritis or any other medical condition is to consult your doctor.
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