Comparison of Disease Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs Therapy in Patients With RA Failing Methotrexate Monotherapy

2016-10-13 01:53:21 | BioPortfolio


RA (Rheuatoid arthritis) is a multisystem disease that mainly involves joints resulting in destructive arthritis if not treated rapidly. Inspite of various advances in field of early diagnosis and treatment of RA, there is still a need for better understanding of the efficacy and safety of various combinations of conventional DMARDS, and to rank them in order accordingly, so as to give a clearer vision for further management of RA once MTX monotherapy fails, so as to achieve remission as soon as possible. The study will be conducted at the Department of Clinical Immunology, JIPMER (Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research). patients who fail methotrexate monotherapy will be randomised to 2 treatment arms - either a combination of Sulfasalazine (SSZ), Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and Methotrexate (MTX) or Leflunomide (LEF), Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and Methotrexate (MTX)


Patients aged ≥18 years, fulfilling the 2010 ACR EULAR criteria for RA (symptom duration less than two years) , having more than 4 joints involved & having moderate to severe disease activity (DAS28≥3.2) will be invited to participate. After providing written informed consent, eligible patients will be first started on MTX monotherapy & only patients who have persistant moderate disease activity (DAS28 ESR > 3.2) will be randomized into two groups. Block randomization will be done to generate random allocation sequence

Group 1 - will receive MTX+LEF+HCQ Group 2- will receive MTX+SSZ+HCQ

DMARD dosages used are: MTX 25 mg/week orally (dosage after 6 weeks),SSZ 2g/d (after 4 weeks) LEF 20 mg/day (dosage after 2 weeks) and HCQ 200 mg/day. Glucocorticoids will be given in an oral tapering scheme. All patients will be prescribed folic acid (10 mg/week) during MTX prescription.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment


Rheumatoid Arthritis


Methotrexate, Leflunomide, Hydroxychloroquine, Prednisolone, Folic Acid, Sulfasalazine


Department of Clinical Immunology , Jawaharlal Institute of Post graduate Medical Educationa and Research




Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research

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The active metabolite of FOLIC ACID. Leucovorin is used principally as its calcium salt as an antidote to folic acid antagonists which block the conversion of folic acid to folinic acid.

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A nutritional condition produced by a deficiency of FOLIC ACID in the diet. Many plant and animal tissues contain folic acid, abundant in green leafy vegetables, yeast, liver, and mushrooms but destroyed by long-term cooking. Alcohol interferes with its intermediate metabolism and absorption. Folic acid deficiency may develop in long-term anticonvulsant therapy or with use of oral contraceptives. This deficiency causes anemia, macrocytic anemia, and megaloblastic anemia. It is indistinguishable from vitamin B 12 deficiency in peripheral blood and bone marrow findings, but the neurologic lesions seen in B 12 deficiency do not occur. (Merck Manual, 16th ed)

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