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How effective are oral corticosteroids in treating rheumatoid arthritis?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Studies show low-dose corticosteroids combined with DMARDs help prevent joint damage for people with early RA. They also reduce symptoms and disability, and may help people reach remission sooner than a DMARD without a corticosteroid. 

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