What are DMARDs for psoriatic arthritis?
Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are typically used for treating rheumatoid arthritis, but some DMARDs can help psoriatic arthritis symptoms too. In this video, rheumatologist Paula Rackoff, MD, explains.
PAULA RACKOFF: The DMARDs or disease-modifying agents for psoriatic arthritis often overlap with those of rheumatoid arthritis
although there are some differences. [MUSIC PLAYING]
For example, there's a medication, which is a staple of rheumatoid arthritis treatment called hydroxychloroquine or Plaquenil.
And it's not as effective in psoriatic arthritis. And sometimes it can actually make psoriasis worse, but not always.
[MUSIC PLAYING] There are medications that have recently come out
just for psoriasis that seem to be
fairly effective for psoriatic arthritis. [MUSIC PLAYING] And they're not quite as effective
for rheumatoid arthritis. [MUSIC PLAYING] Methotrexate is really a staple medication
for both rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. And in general, it's tolerated very well.
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