Drug combos often best against rheumatoid arthritis

Share this content:

A lower cost, well-known synthetic drug, combined with one of six other medications often is a preferred treatment for joint swelling and tenderness caused by rheumatoid arthritis, according to a new government report.

Researchers found that combining methotrexate, a synthetic so-called DMARD, with a biologic DMARD works better than using methotrexate or a biologic DMARD alone.

Investigators compared published findings on three classes of medications to reach their conclusions. The report was sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, an arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. More on the study will be available Monday in the online version of the Annals of Internal Medicine.