Definitions for "Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs"
there are two groups of DMARDs which are also called 'second line' drugs. The first group includes antimalarials, penicillamine, gold and sulphasalazine; the second group are termed 'immunosuppressant' because they suppress the immune system (the body's own defence system).
drugs used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
Medications used to slow the progression of rheumatoid arthritis and prevent the destruction of cartilage and joints. DMARDs work by interfering with or depressing the immune system.