disease-modifying antirheumatic drug

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disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD)

a classification of antirheumatic agents referring to their ability to modify the course of disease, as opposed to simply treating symptoms such as inflammation and pain. Agents in this group include auranofin, azathioprine, cycloSPORINE, gold salts, hydroxychloroquine, leflunomide, methotrexate, D-penicillamine, and sulfasalazine.

disease-modifying antirheumatic drug

DMARD Rheumatology Any agent–eg, azathioprine, gold, cyclophosphamide, hydroxychloroquin, and MTX–which slows the rate of joint destruction in rheumatoid arthritis

disease-modifying antirheumatic drug

Abbreviation: DMARD
A drug that is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and acts more slowly but more effectively than nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Such drugs include hydroxychloroquine, methotrexate, and tumor necrosis factor inhibitors.
Synonym: slow-acting antirheumatic drug
See also: drug