WCO-IOF: Methotrexate may reduce BMD loss in patients with rheumatoid arthritis
Osteoporosis in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: methotrexate compared with leflunomide treatment alone
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40 patients with active rheumatoid arthritis were randomized to receive methotrexate or leflunomide to compare treatment effects on bone loss over a 12 month period. Upon analysis, bone mineral density (BMD) loss in the methotrexate group was significantly reduced at the femoral neck, total hip, and L2-4 spine compared to the leflunomide group. BMD loss at the hand was similar between the two grou...
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