Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs stop or slow the disease progress.
Doctors prescribe disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) for people with rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis and lupus. Each DMARD works in different ways to slow or stop the inflammatory process that can damage joints and internal organs.
DMARDs are often prescribed together or with biologics. This is called combination therapy. While DMARDs can effectively slow or modify the disease process, they do not work quickly. It may take weeks or months to see improvement while taking one of these drugs.
To learn more, see the DMARDs Drug Guide.