RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis)

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What is RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis)?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, systemic (whole body) disorder that may affect many tissues and organs, but principally affects the thin, loose vascular connective tissue (synovial tissue) that makes up the membranes surrounding joints.

Common symptoms reported by people with RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis)

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Treatments taken by people with RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis)

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Treatment name(s)
Type
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Treatment name(s)

(Methotrexate Sodium, Preservative Free)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
662
Tried for
RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (661) Pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
396
Tried for
RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (396) Joint pain (3)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
168
Tried for
RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (168) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
151
Tried for
RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (150) Joint pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
148
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
148
Tried for
RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (139) Joint pain (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
136
Tried for
RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (136) Joint pain (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
91
Tried for
Pain (79) RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (20)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
82
Tried for
Pain (69) RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (19)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
64
Tried for
Pain (39) RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (29)
1 more

Data from patients with RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis)

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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Methotrexate Sodium, Preservative Free)
Perceived effectiveness
for RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (241 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Fatigue 119 more
How many evaluations
248
Tried for
RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (661) Pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (121 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Blurry vision 66 more
How many evaluations
132
Tried for
RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (396) Joint pain (3)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (59 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 58 more
How many evaluations
60
Tried for
RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (168) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (65 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Injection site reaction 46 more
How many evaluations
65
Tried for
RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (150) Joint pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (47 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Hair loss 23 more
How many evaluations
47
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (57 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Increased appetite 46 more
How many evaluations
68
Tried for
RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (139) Joint pain (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Perceived effectiveness
for RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (68 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Injection site reaction 46 more
How many evaluations
68
Tried for
RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (136) Joint pain (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (25 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Sleepiness 14 more
How many evaluations
31
Tried for
Pain (79) RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (20)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (26 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Nausea 13 more
How many evaluations
32
Tried for
Pain (69) RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (19)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Allergic reaction 9 more
How many evaluations
27
Tried for
Pain (39) RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (29)
1 more

Data from patients with RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Slight
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  • Can't tell
  • Severe
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  • Mild
  • None

Who has RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 27
20s 371
30s 907
40s 1,945
50s 2,288
60s 1,037
70+ 189

Gender

Distribution of females vs. males

89% Females
11% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 595
20-29 years 668
30-39 years 1,083
40-49 years 1,117
50-59 years 516
60-69 years 107
70+ years 17

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4,805
Not Diagnosed 232

These charts show data from RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) patients who have completed their condition history
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