I feel great! Can I stop taking my medicine now?

If you are feeling well and are no longer having any signs or symptoms of active disease, that is not a coincidence, and your medications are working. This symptom-free state is known as remission. How long you should continue on your medications after remission is a complex question, and the decision should only be made after consulting with your rheumatologist. The medications you are taking are controlling the part of your immune system that is confused and is attacking its own body. The medications are helping you to control the malfunctioning autoreactive white blood cells, that unfortunately, do not go away but rather enter a dormant or “sleep” state that require medications to stay

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