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
How many have tried
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Apo-Methotrexate, Intrathecal Methotrexate, Metex) 6 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
665
Tried for
RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (664) Pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Apo-hydroxyquine, Hydroxychlor, Oxiklorin) 2 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
392
Tried for
RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (392) Joint pain (3)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Azulfidine EN-tabs, Salazopyrin, Sulfazine)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
165
Tried for
RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (165) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel, Enbrel Prefilled Syringe, 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)

(Cortancyl, Deltasone, Encorton) 4 more
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, Humira Pen, Humira Pen Crohn's Disease Starter Package) 1 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
135
Tried for
RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (135) Joint pain (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Conzip, Dolol, Dolzam) 23 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
93
Tried for
Pain (81) RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (20)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Anexsia, Lorcet 10/650, Lorcet Plus) 13 more
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)

(Apo-Meloxicam, Melox, Mobic) 6 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
65
Tried for
Pain (40) 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
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Treatment name(s)

(Apo-Methotrexate, Intrathecal Methotrexate, Metex) 6 more
Perceived effectiveness
for RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (234 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Fatigue 117 more
How many evaluations
241
Tried for
RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (664) Pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Apo-hydroxyquine, Hydroxychlor, Oxiklorin) 2 more
Perceived effectiveness
for RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (119 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Diarrhea 65 more
How many evaluations
130
Tried for
RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (392) Joint pain (3)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Azulfidine EN-tabs, Salazopyrin, Sulfazine)
Perceived effectiveness
for RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (56 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches Nausea 58 more
How many evaluations
57
Tried for
RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (165) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel, Enbrel Prefilled Syringe, 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) (50 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Hair loss 26 more
How many evaluations
50
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Treatment name(s)

(Cortancyl, Deltasone, Encorton) 4 more
Perceived effectiveness
for RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (58 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Increased appetite 49 more
How many evaluations
70
Tried for
RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (139) Joint pain (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira, Humira Pen, Humira Pen Crohn's Disease Starter Package) 1 more
Perceived effectiveness
for RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (69 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Injection site reaction 45 more
How many evaluations
69
Tried for
RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (135) Joint pain (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Conzip, Dolol, Dolzam) 23 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Sleepiness 14 more
How many evaluations
30
Tried for
Pain (81) RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) (20)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Anexsia, Lorcet 10/650, Lorcet Plus) 13 more
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)

(Apo-Meloxicam, Melox, Mobic) 6 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Allergic reaction 9 more
How many evaluations
27
Tried for
Pain (40) 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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  • Severe
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  • Mild
  • None

Who has RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 31
20s 364
30s 899
40s 1,943
50s 2,271
60s 1,013
70+ 186

Gender

Distribution of females vs. males

89% Females
11% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 592
20-29 years 665
30-39 years 1,077
40-49 years 1,108
50-59 years 516
60-69 years 102
70+ years 17

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4,775
Not Diagnosed 229

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