What rheumatic diseases are commonly treated with AZA

What rheumatic diseases are commonly treated with AZA?

  • • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA; less effective than methotrexate [MTX] and slower onset).
  • • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
  • • Idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (polymyositis, dermatomyositis, necrotizing myopathies).
  • • Behçet’s syndrome.
  • • Antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (remission maintenance).
  • • Many other rheumatic diseases (in an attempt to decrease glucocorticoid dosage).

Pearl: AZA is more effective as a maintenance therapy than for induction of remission in rheumatic disease.

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