Table 3

Drugs ever used and joint replacement surgery in patients with RA from Vilnius and Oslo (% (n/total))

Vilnius (n=201)Oslo (n=201)p Value
*Drugs more often used in Vilnius than in the Oslo group.
NSAIDs, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; DMARDs, disease modifying antirheumatic drugs.
NSAIDs98 (194/197)96 (192/200)0.23
Oral corticosteroids*77 (152/198)60 (121/201)0.001
DMARDs ever used94 (188/199)90 (161/179)0.17
d-pencillamine2 (5/201)17 (33/198)<0.001
Azathioprine*29 (58/201)13 (26/201)<0.001
Cyclophosphamide3 (7/201)0 (0/200)
Cyclosporin1 (3/201)9 (18/201)0.001
Sulfasalazine*49 (98/201)34 (68/198)0.002
Gold drugs28 (56/199)57 (67/118)<0.001
Methotrexate36 (72/201)49 (98/201)0.02
Antimalarial drugs*50 (100/201)38 (75/200)0.02
Joint replacements7 (15/201)24 (48/198)<0.001