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DMARDs

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How do immune suppression drugs treat RA?

Expert:   Linda Russell, MD, Hospital for Special Surgery »

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition, so it follows that the drugs that treat it--DMARDs-- target the immune system. Check out this video to find out how they work.

Transcript: Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs, or DMARDs, are immune suppressants that actually slow the rheumatoid arthritis process, instead of simply relieving pain. Rheumatoid arthritis means that your overactive immune system is mistakenly targeting the lining of your joints instead of foreign bacteria. DMARDs work to stop this process from happening. There are several types of DMARDs—some block enzymes involved in the immune system process. Others slow the disease by hindering the INTERACTIONS between certain cells. More »

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