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What are the side effects of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs?

DMARDs are disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs that are used to slow the progress of rheumatoid arthritis. Although they have been extremely effective, they do come with the potential for some significant side effects and if you take them you need to be closely monitored by a doctor. Side effects may vary depending on which DMARDs are used, but they include: damage to the liver, rashes, ulcers in the mouth, decreased production of blood cells and stomach and eye problems. While taking DMARDs you may be advised not to drink alcohol in order to protect the liver. Your doctor also may take blood counts every few months to make sure blood cell production hasn't been affected.

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