Flashcards in 6.1 Immunosuppression and DMARDs Deck (36)
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
A multisystem autoimmune disease
Causes joint deformities, CVS risk
Develops in the synovium, inflammation, proliferation then goes into cartilage and bone.
Due to an imbalance between pro/antiinflammatory cytokines
Which cytokines are involved in RA?
How do you diagnose RA?
What is SLE?
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Systemic autoimmune disease
What is Vasculitis?
Inflammation that destroys blood vessels
Get pulmonary hemorrhages
Give examples of immunosuppressants?
Ciclosporin and Tacrolimus
What do ALL immunosuppressants do? (ADRs!!!)
Increase infection risk - FBC
Decrease bone marrow
How do Corticosteroids work?
It decreases the production of proinflammatory cytokines by macrophages and increases anti-inflammatory cytokines.
Restrains proliferation of T helper cells.
Receptor in cytoplasm -> Nucleus and change gene expression
ADRs of Steroids?
Cushings-like fat gain
How does Azathioprine work?
It is cleaved into 6MP which is an antimetabolite.
Inhibits purine synthesis to prevent DNA and RNA synthesis.
Metabolised by TPMT which is polymorphic
High levels --> Myelosuppression
Low --> Undertreatment
When do you use Azathioprine?
On what conditions?
Use to maintain a patient after treating them acutely with CS
What ADR can Azathioprine also cause?
Hepatitis - monitor LFTs
What type of drugs are Ciclosporin and Tacrolimus?
Inhibit T helper cells by preventing IL2 production
When do you use calcineurin inhibitors?
Why is Ciclosporin particularly useful?
As it has no effect on bone marrow
Useful for RA and SLE
What are ADRs of Calcineurin Inhibitors?
Nephrotoxic (monitor eGFR)
Hypertension (monitor BP)
GI- nausea, vomit, diarrhoea
When do you use MM?
What is MM?
Mycophenolate Mofetil is a prodrug which is converted to inhibit B and T cells
Prevents synthesis of guanine
Spares other rapidly dividing cells as they have measures against this
ADRs of MM?
What is Cyclophosphamide?
Suppresses B and T Cells
When do you use Cyclophosphamide?
Severe RA when all else fails
ADRs of Cyclophosphamide
Can induce cancers esp bladder cancer (void frequently)
NEED TO MONITOR FBC and adjust in renally impaired
What is a DMARD?
A disease modifying anti rheumatic drug
What are 3 examples of DMARDs?
Anti-TNF alpha agents
What is Methotrexate?
A folate antagonist
Gold Standard for RA treatment
Inhibits DHFR to prevent D/RNA and Protein synthesis
Best for rapidly dividing cells (active during S phase)
Why use Methotrexate?
It is well tolerated
Retained in the system
Only once a week (+Folic Acid)
Can improve efficacy of other DMARDs when used in conjunction
ADRs of Methotrexate?
When can you use methotrexate?
How do you monitor patients on methotrexate?
Chest X Ray