new drugs coming out for rheumatoid arthritis
There's lots of excitement about all the new drugs coming out for rheumatoid arthritis...Arava, Enbrel, Celebrex, Vioxx, etc.
Arava (leflunomide, Hoechst) is a new disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD). It's for first-line therapy...as an alternative to methotrexate, hydroxychloroquine, etc.
Arava is an immunomodulator. It reduces the production of T-cells to reduce pain and slow joint destruction.