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
362
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (361) Joint pain (3)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
251
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
126
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
107
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (107) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
97
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
96
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (96)
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
90
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (84) Joint pain (4)
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)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
61
Tried for
Pain (56) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (11)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Actemra)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
54

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
Total evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Apo-Methotrexate)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (175 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Fatigue 90 more
Total evaluations
181
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (359) Joint pain (3)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (99 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Blurry vision 39 more
Total evaluations
112
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (81 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches Fatigue 59 more
Total evaluations
83
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (53 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 43 more
Total evaluations
53
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (107) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (41 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Nausea 21 more
Total evaluations
42
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (60 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Headaches 35 more
Total evaluations
61
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (96)
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (41 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Increased appetite 51 more
Total evaluations
52
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (84) Joint pain (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (45 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches Nausea 13 more
Total evaluations
45
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (62)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Constipation 10 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
Pain (56) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (11)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Actemra)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (38 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Infection 31 more
Total evaluations
38
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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 20
20s 398
30s 1,087
40s 2,551
50s 3,427
60s 1,961
70+ 456
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 755
20-29 years 874
30-39 years 1,431
40-49 years 1,449
50-59 years 731
60-69 years 160
70+ years 19

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6,284
Not Diagnosed 301

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