Safe Use of Antirheumatic Agents in Patients with Comorbidities

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The burden of comorbid diseases is high among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). These are often systemic manifestations of RA but may be chronic conditions that predate or develop post-RA diagnosis. Increased mortality in RA is predominantly from nonarticular causes. The expanded armamentarium of disease-modifying drugs and biologics available has revolutionized management of articular disease but has made safe treatment of RA more complex. Drug-induced organ injury and side effects need to be kept in mind when initiating or modifying therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)771-793
Number of pages23
JournalRheumatic Disease Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2012


  • Adverse drug effects
  • Comorbidties
  • Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology


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