Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.
DMARD's (Disease modifying anti rheumatic drugs) like saaz-DS has got limited usefulness in the treatment of Ankylosing spondylitis
(saaz -DS) has got modest efficacy in treating arthritis of AS. It is only useful in the "early stages" of the disease and is not effective in chronic form. Also, it is a very slow acting drug among the DMARD's.Methotrexate
is some times used in ankylosing spondylitis as an alternative to sulfasalazine with varying therapeutic results.
Anti tumour necrosis factor (TNF) agents like ETANERCEPT & INFLIXIMAB
are the most potent of the currently available therapies for AS.
Ocassional oral steroids will suppress the acute disease flareups.Consult a rheumatologist
and discuss all the issues.
Hope this information is helpful. Good day