Features February 2004 Issue

RA Combination Therapy: Worth The Aggravation

Multidrug regimens, though complicated, may be your best bet to control the pain of rheumatoid arthritis.

Ah, for the good old days—the early 1950s, let’s say—when treating the pain and inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) was a simple matter. Back then, a patient was typically advised to take 10 or 15 aspirins a day and get plenty of bed rest. Easy as that. Unfortunately, this undemanding regimen rarely succeeded in relieving chronic RA symptoms. …

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