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What are DMARDS?
Eric Matteson, MD
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Date Added: 06/26/13

DMARDs are Disease-modifying Anti-rheumatic Drugs. The designation DMARD actually means that it is a drug that is used with the purpose of reducing or shutting down the disease process that causes the problems of joint damage in rheumatoid arthritis. DMARDs are not specifically pain medications, but...
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Eric L. Matteson, MD, is chair for the Division of Rheumatology in the Department of Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic. He has a joint appointment in the Division of Epidemiology in the Department of Health Sciences Research. Dr. Matteson received the MD degree from Friedrich-Alexander University at Erlangen-Nuremberg. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Michigan State University and a fellowship at the University of Michigan. He further completed a fellowship at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and received the M.P.H. degree in Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. As a clinician and an epidemiologist, Dr. Matteson is focused on studying rheumatoid arthritis, including clinical features, complications, outcomes, and treatments.
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