Immunosuppressive drugs other than glucocorticoids are used in the treatment of various rheumatologic conditions to achieve one or more of the following goals:
●To induce or maintain a remission
●To reduce the frequency of flare or relapse
●To allow tapering of glucocorticoids while maintaining disease control
This topic review will provide an overview of the use of immunosuppressive drugs in various rheumatic diseases. Detailed discussions concerning the use of these drugs in specific rheumatic disorders are presented in the appropriate topic reviews.