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SAARDSlow-acting antirheumatic drug, DIMARD–disease-modifying antirheumatic drug Rheumatology An agent used to manage rheumatic complaints when first-line therapy–NSAIDs, fails to control disease; SAARDs have delayed onset of action and possible disease-modifying potential First-line SAARDs Hydroxychloroquine, IM gold Second-line SAARDs d-penicillamine, MTX, azathioprine, due to toxicity. See Pyramid model.
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slow-acting antirheumatic drug.
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