Optimal use of immunosuppressive drugs

F.A. Houssiau Published in the journal : May 2016 Category : Thérapeutique

Summary :

The mechanism of action of the most commonly prescribed immunosuppressive drugs, as well as their dosage and adverse effects, are highligted in this article, with particular emphasis on toxicity prevention and treatment monitoring by general practitioners.


Immunosuppressive drugs, inflammatory rheumatic diseases, systemic rheumatic diseases

What is already known about the topic?

Immunosuppressive drugs, and more specifically targeted biotherapies, have revolutionized the therapeutic management of inflammatory and systemic rheumatic diseases. However, in light of these drugs' costs and adverse effects, they must be prescribed on a rational basis.

What does this article bring up for us?

This article summarizes the key points to be considered by practitioners when prescribing immunosuppressive drugs, especially regarding adverse effect prevention and monitoring.