Leflunomide treatment appears to offer an alternative to methotrexate and sulfasalazine and is a welcome addition to the therapeutic armamentarium for treating active RA. Leflunomide treatment for more than 12 months results in clinically meaningful improvements in disease-specific measures of physical function. The phase 3 trials have shown leflunomide to be as effective as methotrexate and sulfasalazine and an option for initial DMARD therapy. As with all new agents, the long-term safety and value of leflunomide will be determined by use in the clinic.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Bulletin on the Rheumatic Diseases|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1999|
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