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  Successful treatment with clarithromycin for a patient with rheumatoid arthritis [Eastern J Med]
Eastern J Med. 2016; 21(1): 42-44 | DOI: 10.5505/ejm.2016.81231  

Successful treatment with clarithromycin for a patient with rheumatoid arthritis

Masashi Ohe1, Toshiyuki Bohgaki2
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Macrolide antibiotics provide not only anti-bacterial activity but also anti-inflammatory effects. We report herein a case of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) successfully treated using clarithromycin (CAM), a macrolide, in expectation of its anti-inflammatory effects. A 77-year-old woman suffering from RA, presented with exacerbation of arthralgia and articular swellings. Because she was suffering from non-tuberculous mycobacterium and could not receive biological agents, CAM was successfully added to prednisolone and a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug which had been administered before exacerbation. The present case suggests that CAM treatment may be effective for RA.

Keywords: Rheumatoid arthritis, clarithromycin


Masashi Ohe, Toshiyuki Bohgaki. Successful treatment with clarithromycin for a patient with rheumatoid arthritis. Eastern J Med. 2016; 21(1): 42-44


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