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How can chemotherapy drugs help osteoarthritis?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Chemotherapy drugs such as methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall) are effective for treating the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). These medications are called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) because they can change the course of the disease and keep it from gradually getting worse. However, osteoarthritis is a completely different disease from rheumatoid arthritis, and chemotherapy drugs have no effect on it.

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