Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

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What is Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)?

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 Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Common symptoms
How bad it is
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Treatments taken by people with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

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Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Apo-Methotrexate)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
373
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (372) Joint pain (3)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
246
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
124
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
109
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (109) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
101
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
100
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (100)
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
98
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (92) Joint pain (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
63
Tried for
Pain (58) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (12)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
62
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (62)
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Treatment name(s)

(Actemra)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56

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

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Apo-Methotrexate)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (175 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Fatigue 91 more
How many evaluations
181
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (372) Joint pain (3)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (95 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Blurry vision 40 more
How many evaluations
107
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (78 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Headaches 59 more
How many evaluations
79
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (50 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 45 more
How many evaluations
53
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (109) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (45 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Hair loss 21 more
How many evaluations
46
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (61 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Headaches 36 more
How many evaluations
61
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (100)
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (43 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Increased appetite 51 more
How many evaluations
54
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (92) Joint pain (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Constipation 10 more
How many evaluations
20
Tried for
Pain (58) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (12)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (45 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 16 more
How many evaluations
45
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (62)
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Treatment name(s)

(Actemra)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (37 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Infection 32 more
How many evaluations
37

Data from patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Mild
  • None

Who has Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 22
20s 388
30s 1,082
40s 2,523
50s 3,365
60s 1,914
70+ 446

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 750
20-29 years 866
30-39 years 1,415
40-49 years 1,433
50-59 years 716
60-69 years 158
70+ years 19

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6,224
Not Diagnosed 297

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