14 Nov 2011
Many drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis have potentially serious side effects and monitoring is required.
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis should be treated as early as possible with DMARDs (disease modifying antirheumatic drugs). Examples include methotrexate, leflunomide, sulphasalazine and hydroxychloroquine. Sulfasalazine or hydroxychloroquine often are started first, but in more severe cases, methotrexate or combination therapy may be first-line treatment. Increasing evidence indicates that combinations of DMARDs can be more effective than single-drug regimens.
There is no "best" choice or "least side effects" medicine to choose. All have risks and benefits and often it is trial and error to find a medicine that will work best for you. Talk with your doctor if you need more information or see the links below.
- Hydroxychloroquine Information for Consumers
- Hydroxychloroquine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Hydroxychloroquine (detailed)
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