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When is PCP prophylaxis necessary in non-HIV patients?

Given the breadth of knowledge and clinical experience required to answer this question in full (and given that it is not typically something I deal with in my specialty), I will rely heavily on this ...
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Is Pentasa an immunosuppressive drug?

Pentasa is one brand name for a drug called mesalazine (or mesalamine). While immunosuppressant drugs are often used on the management of Crohn’s disease, this is not one of them. It is in a group of ...
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How does immunosuppressant affect immune system?

I will discuss azathioprine here, as there are many different immunosuppressant drugs that work in different ways. The immune system is a complex thing and most will inhibit only one particular aspect ...
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Is a patient who has an autoimmune disease immunocompromised?

This type of data can only come from studies. The ones I've looked at so far do not indicate that single organ autoimmune disease is a risk factor. The risk factors they looked at in the study below ...
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Can we slow the advancement of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) with immunosuppressants?

In treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, the following immunosuppressants, which are already in use, inhibit cytokines: Non-biologic DMARDs (Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs): methotrexate, ...
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How does interferon beta 1-A help patients with multiple sclerosis?

Your question alludes to a paradox: "azathioprine weakens the immune system ..." "interferons boost the immune system ... They seem to have different functions, but they treat the same ...
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