Synthetic DMARDs are usually used first-line for treatment of inflammatory arthritis and connective tissue diseases such as Lupus. These medications will help to reduce the over-activity of the immune system and therefore control the inflammatory condition. Synthetic DMARDs have been used for nearly 40 years with great success and we have excellent experience in using these medications.
Treatment will be decided after a diagnosis of an inflammatory rheumatic condition has been made. Once DMARDs have been commenced they can take 8-10 weeks to work and control the immune system. Steroids can be given in the mean time as “bridging” therapy until the DMARD is established in the system. With most synthetic DMARDs, we will monitor your blood tests regularly.
Examples of DMARDS that we commonly use are as follows: