Autoimmune disorders

Rheumatoid arthritis

(RA)

About Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a form of arthritis that causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function in your joints. It can affect any joint but is common in the wrist and fingers.More women than men get rheumatoid arthritis. It often starts in middle age and is most common in older people. But children and young adults can also get it. You might have the disease for only a short time, or symptoms might come and go. The severe form can last a lifetime.Rheumatoid arthritis is different from osteoarthritis, the common arthritis that often comes with older age. RA can affect body parts besides joints, such as your eyes, mouth and lungs. RA is an autoimmune disease, which means the arthritis results from your immune system attacking your body's own tissues.No one knows what causes rheumatoid arthritis. Genes, environment and hormones might contribute. Treatments include medicine, lifestyle changes and surgery. These can slow or stop joint damage and reduce pain and swelling.NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Joint pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • Joint swelling
  • Loss of joint function
  • Can affect any joint, but most common in wrists and fingers

Top Medications for Rheumatoid arthritis according to our users

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  • Actemra
    (tocilizumab)
    Prescription only

    Actimmune (tocilizumab) effectively relieves pain and prevents joint damage. You can get it as a shot or an infusion, but it may not be the best choice if you have liver problems.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Infusion
    • Injection
  • Rituxan
    (rituximab)
    Prescription only

    Rituxan (Rituximab) is effective for treating multiple types of cancer and arthritis. That said, you'll need to watch for possibly serious side effects, especially infusion reactions.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Infusion (IV)
    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Arthrotec
    (diclofenac / misoprostol)
    Prescription only

    Arthrotec (Diclofenac / Misoprostol) is an okay medication used to treat pain and swelling caused by arthritis. However, because of the risk of heart attack, it's recommended to limit the amount you take.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
  • Cambia
    (diclofenac potassium)
    Prescription only

    Cataflam (Diclofenac Potassium) is an okay medication used to treat pain and swelling. However, because of the risk of heart attack, it's recommended to limit the amount you take.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Powder for oral solution
  • Celebrex
    (celecoxib)
    Prescription only

    Celebrex (Celecoxib) works well for treating pain and causes less upset stomach than other NSAIDs.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Cimzia
    (certolizumab)
    Prescription only

    Cimzia (certolizumab) effectively calms down your immune system, but you have to be comfortable receiving injections.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Enbrel
    (etanercept)
    Prescription only

    Enbrel (etanercept) effectively calms down your immune system, but it puts you at risk of serious infections.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Humira
    (adalimumab)
    Prescription only

    Humira (adalimumab) is good for treating many autoimmune conditions, but it can also cause serious side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Indocin
    (indomethacin)
    Prescription only

    Indocin (indomethacin) works well for mild to moderate pain and swelling, but it shouldn't be used long-term since it has some serious side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
    • Liquid
    • Suppository
  • Kineret
    (anakinra)
    Prescription only

    Kineret (anakinra) is relatively safe but has only shown modest effects in rheumatoid arthritis and is not a first-choice treatment.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Medrol
    (methylprednisolone)
    Prescription only

    Medrol (methylprednisolone) is very effective for controlling allergic reactions and many types of inflammatory conditions, but it is associated with serious and potentially life-threatening side effects if you have to take it for a long time.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Injection
  • meloxicam
    Prescription only

    Mobic (meloxicam) works well for pain and inflammation and you only take it once a day, but you need a prescription.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Suspension
  • methotrexate
    Prescription only

    Otrexup (methotrexate) is the first-choice treatment for many types of cancer and arthritis, but it has many side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Injection
    • Liquid
  • Orencia
    (abatacept)
    Prescription only

    Orencia (abatacept) slows the progress of rheumatoid arthritis, but can also cause serious side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Infusion
    • Injection
  • Plaquenil
    (hydroxychloroquine)
    Prescription only

    Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) is an effective medication for autoimmune conditions and malaria that comes with less side effects than other DMARDs.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • prednisone
    Prescription only

    Deltasone (prednisone) is effective for controlling allergic reactions and conditions involving an overactive immune system. It can quickly make you feel better, but Deltasone (prednisone) can cause serious complications and side effects if taken for a long time.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Delayed release pill
    • Liquid
  • Relafen
    (nabumetone)
    Prescription only

    Relafen (nabumetone) works well for relieving pain and inflammation, but may take up to a week to kick in.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Remicade
    (infliximab)
    Prescription only

    Remicade (infliximab) is an effective treatment for many autoimmune diseases, but you can have serious side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Simponi
    (golimumab)
    Prescription only

    Simponi (golimumab) effectively calms down your immune system, but it is given as a shot and puts you at risk of serious infections like tuberculosis or hepatitis B.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Sulfasalazine
    Prescription only

    Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) is used to treat moderate to severe inflammatory bowel conditions. It's also used with other medicines to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
  • Vimovo
    (naproxen / esomeprazole)
    Prescription only

    While naproxen in Vimovo (naproxen / esomeprazole) provides good arthritis pain relief, it can also cause stomach ulcers. Vimovo (naproxen / esomeprazole) includes esomeprazole that lowers your risk.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Voltaren
    (diclofenac)
    Prescription only

    Cambia (diclofenac) works well for pain and is available in many different forms. If you have a history of heart problems or stomach bleeds, it may not be the best choice.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Injection
  • Minocycline
    Prescription only

    Solodyn (Minocycline) is an effective way to treat certain skin infections, acne, and rosacea, but you'll need to use barrier methods of birth control since it can make birth control pills less effective and cause birth defects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
    • Extended release capsule
  • Rituxan
    (rituximab)
    Prescription only

    Rituxan (Rituximab) is effective for treating multiple types of cancer and arthritis. That said, you'll need to watch for possibly serious side effects, especially infusion reactions.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Infusion (IV)
  • Imuran
    (azathioprine)
    Prescription only

    Imuran (Azathioprine) is an effective medication for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and transplant rejection, but comes with a heavy list of side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill

Medication side effects for Rheumatoid arthritis

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for Diarrhea.

  • Indocin: 2%
  • methotrexate: 8%
  • meloxicam: 14%
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At this end, no one is expected to have Diarrhea

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have Diarrhea

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Rheumatoid arthritis

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • Try gluten/wheat-free diet
What’s your best coping strategy?
  • exercise
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