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Curr Opin Rheumatol. 1997 May;9(3):183-90.

Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, University of New South Wales, St. Vincent's Hospital, Darlinghurst, Australia.


The case for early intervention with disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs is strengthened by published reports during the past year. These drugs include methotrexate, gold sulfasalazine, and antimalarial agents. The American College of Rheumatology issued guidelines for the management of rheumatoid arthritis and for monitoring the toxicity of antirheumatic drugs. Studies on the mechanisms of action of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs focused on their effects on cytokines and their receptors. The toxic effects of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs remained an important issue, especially the adverse pulmonary effects of methotrexate. An important trial demonstrated a beneficial effect of triple disease-modifying antirheumatic drug therapy (methotrexate, sulfasalazine, and hydroxychloroquine) over individual agents.

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