IMMUNOMODULATOR/DISEASE-MODIFYING ANTIRHEUMATIC DRUG (DMARD)
Cuprimine is a prescription drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat people with severe, active rheumatoid arthritis who have failed to respond to conventional therapy. Cuprimine is also referred to by its drug name, penicillamine.
Cuprimine is an immunomodulator, or in other words, a drug that modulates the immune system. Cuprimine is also referred to as a disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD). The exact mechanism of action of Cuprimine in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown. Cuprimine is believed to work by inhibiting immune system processes that involve inflammation and scar tissue formation.
How do I take it?
Prescribing information states that Cuprimine is taken orally as a tablet once daily.
The FDA-approved label for Cuprimine lists common side effects including itching, joint pain, fever, rashes, lupus-like syndrome, loss of appetite, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Cuprimine can include blood disorders, low blood cell counts, kidney damage, myasthenia gravis, and Goodpasture’s syndrome.
For more information, visit:
Cuprimine — Bausch Health
Cuprimine — Drugs.com