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)

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Treatments taken by people with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

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

(Methotrexate Sodium, Preservative Free)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
649
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (648) Pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
390
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (390) Joint pain (3)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
166
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (166) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
153
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (152) Joint pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
149
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
147
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (138) Joint pain (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
133
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (133) Joint pain (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
92
Tried for
Pain (80) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (21)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
82
Tried for
Pain (69) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (18)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
63
Tried for
Pain (38) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (29)
1 more

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)

(Methotrexate Sodium, Preservative Free)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (240 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Fatigue 123 more
How many evaluations
246
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (648) Pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (122 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Blurry vision 62 more
How many evaluations
132
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (390) Joint pain (3)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (60 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 58 more
How many evaluations
61
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (166) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (66 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Injection site reaction 46 more
How many evaluations
66
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (152) Joint pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (46 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Hair loss 23 more
How many evaluations
46
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (59 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Increased appetite 47 more
How many evaluations
70
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (138) Joint pain (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (67 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Injection site reaction 45 more
How many evaluations
67
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (133) Joint pain (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (25 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Sleepiness 15 more
How many evaluations
31
Tried for
Pain (80) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (21)
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) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (18)
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 (38) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (29)
1 more

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

Who has Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 27
20s 372
30s 923
40s 1,980
50s 2,349
60s 1,074
70+ 202

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 604
20-29 years 680
30-39 years 1,109
40-49 years 1,137
50-59 years 528
60-69 years 114
70+ years 16

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4,912
Not Diagnosed 239

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