Efficacy of Sulphasalazine Plus Methotrexate in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Early intervention with slow acting anti-rheumatic drugs (SAARDs) has led to improvement in substantial proportion of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. The present open, controlled study was designed to assess whether a combination of SAARDs offer any added benefit. Fifty-four adult RA patients were randomly allocated to methotrexate (MTX) (n=27) and MTX plus sulphasalazine (SSZ) (n=27) groups. The subjects were followed-up fortnightly for four weeks then monthly for six months. The disease activity was assessed with the help of 10 clinical and four laboratory indices. The improvement was graded as: minor, mild decreases in indices, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)…

 

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