[Clinical observation on small doses Tripterygium wilfordii polyglycoside combined with methotrexate in treating rheumatoid arthritis].
Zhongguo Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi. 2001 Dec;21(12):895-6. PMID: 12575588
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effect and adverse reaction of small doses Tripterygium wilfordii polyglycoside (TWP) combined with methotrexate (MT) in treating rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: Seventy RA patients were randomly divided into two groups, the control group (35 patients) and the TWP combined MT Group (TWPM group). Both of them were continued to use the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. The control group took MT 15 mg orally, once every week; the TWPM group took TWP 10 mg orally, 3 times a day, and MT 7.5 mg orally once every week. The clinical effect and adverse reaction after treatment were evaluated. RESULTS: The markedly effective rate in the control group and the TWPM group was 28.6% and 34.3% respectively, with no significant difference (P > 0.05). Data of symptoms and signs, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), rheumatoid factor (RF) were determined respectively with significant difference (P < 0.01). The rate of adverse reaction was 20 cases-times in the control group and 8 cases-times in the TWPM group. CONCLUSION: MT combined small doses of TWP in treating RA has better effect and less adverse reactions than un-combined MT.