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Bull NYU Hosp Jt Dis. 2012;70 Suppl 1:11-3.

Corticosteroids as disease modifying drugs in rheumatoid arthritis treatment.

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  • 1New York University Schoolof Medicine, NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, 333 East 38th Street,New York, NY 10016, USA.


The current approach to treatment of RA includes early and aggressive treatment with routine monitoring of outcomes to give patients the best chance of decreasing disease activity as much as possible, with low disease activity and remission being a realistic goal for many patients. In this quest, DMARDs, especially MTX, are the anchor treatment, and low dose prednisone should also be considered in combination with MTX as the best initial choice for RA treatment. Current data suggest that corticosteroids are disease modifying agents that enhance the effects of DMARDs with no real impact on adverse events. We are much better positioned now then in earlier times to provide a good outcome for our patients, and every available tool needs to be considered and utilized for this purpose.

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