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Overview of the use of immunosuppressive and disease-modifying drugs in the rheumatic diseases

Author
Philip Seo, MD
Section Editor
Daniel E Furst, MD
Deputy Editor
Paul L Romain, MD

INTRODUCTION

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.

                 

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Literature review current through: Mar 2015. | This topic last updated: Nov 24, 2014.
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