When RA is in remission, should TNFi therapy be discontinued?


This slideshow sums up the current literature on the practice of continuing or discontinuing therapies when rheumatoid arthritis is in remission or stable low disease activity.

ACR RecommendationsThe American College of Rheumatology 2015 rheumatoid arthritis treatment guidelines suggest that for patients with established RA who are in remission, or who have low disease activity, DMARD, TNFi, non-TNF biologic or tofacitinib therapy should be continued. These recommendations are based on clinical observations and experience that suggest that only a small minority of patients with low disease activity (not remission) are able to successfully discontinue all RA therapy. And, if all RA therapies are discontinued, flare risks are high.This slideshow sums up the current literature on the practice of continuing or discontinuing therapies when rheumatoid arthritis is in remission or stable low disease activity.


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