Common "Dmards" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are a category of drugs that are used to treat autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and psoriatic arthritis. They work by suppressing the immune system to prevent inflammation, thereby slowing down the disease progression. Common side effects include increased risk of infections, liver problems, rash, abdominal pain, and loss of appetite.

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Please suggest a treatment for my connective tissue disorder.

Query: Hi doctor,I have been tested positive for a multiple connective tissue disorder. I need input for the next course of action and treatment.Kindly help.   Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq, and thank you for choosing us as your provider for health care. I have gone through your history and understand your concerns. Being diagnosed with a multiple connected tissue disorder can be challenging, and it is essential to work closely with a healthcare team, includin...  Read Full »

Can I take Xelijanz for rheumatoid arthritis?

Query: Hi doctor,I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, and my doctor advised me to take Xeljanz, as it has no side effects. Is it true? It is very expensive. I want to take a second opinion on the medicine. How safe is it to take?  Read Full »

Dr. Puri Divya Inder

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, it is a very good option for rheumatoid arthritis. However, every medicine has its side effects. It is recommended to start with the time-tested DMARDs (disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs) like Methotrexate and sometimes, even combination of DMARDs. If they fail...  Read Full »

I have muscle pain near the chest inspite of having medications. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I have muscle pain near the chest. I am having muscle pain near the chest for the last two to three months. I have done all the cardiac tests, and it is fine, then I consulted a rheumatologist, and she suggested some tests and medicine. It has been a month, and I am still having some pa...  Read Full »

Dr. Puri Divya Inder

Answer: Hello,Welcome to are right, and you have peripheral arthritis due to HLA-B27 positive. Your chest pain is due to enthesitis, and please feel free to query me in this regard. If your HLA-B27 is positive by PCR (polymerization chain reaction), that is a condition that can give rise to ...  Read Full »

What is the frequency of consultation in the treatment for rheumatoid arthritis?

Query: Hello doctor,I have rheumatoid arthritis. There is a long waiting list to see a rheumatologist in my place. I am thinking of seeing a private doctor but I have limited funds. How often would I need to see a rheumatologist? I cannot afford it every week or maybe every few months. How often do you thi...  Read Full »

Dr. Naval Mendiratta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your history. The only part I did not get was, that how come there have been no DMARDs (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs) for 10 years. It is a bit unusual. If you could throw some light on the history of arthritis, it would be helpful. If i...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for rheumatoid arthritis?

Query: Hello doctor,I am diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I have swelling on my ankles, elbows, and some fingers along with deformity in my right wrist. Currently, I am taking Ayurvedic medication. I need a consultation.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If you are diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, have completed your family, and do not want to conceive further, then start DMARDS (disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs), Methotrexate 15 mg once a week, and Hydroxychloroquine 200 mg morning and evening if you have a...  Read Full »

Do you know whether steroids help to treat rheumatoid arthritis?

Query: Hi doctor,My mom is taking Prednisolone oral tabs daily in the morning. She is taking it for the past five years. Recently she got red spots on her body. The doctors stopped this medicine for weeks. she got very ill. At that time, she was on TB medication. TB is not detected, still prescribed. After...  Read Full »

Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to For rheumatoid arthritis, now very good DMARDs (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs) available. No need to take steroids for a long time. Probably she is suffering from vasculitis or other autoimmune disorder, which will give temporary relief with steroids and fla...  Read Full »

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