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
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Treatment name(s)

(Apo-Methotrexate)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
432
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (431) Joint pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
274
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
124
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (124) Joint pain (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
121
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (121) Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
120
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Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
116
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
112
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (105) Joint pain (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
64
Tried for
Pain (60) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (11)
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Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
61
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (61)
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
61
Tried for
Pain (56) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (10)
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)

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Side effects
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Treatment name(s)

(Apo-Methotrexate)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (189 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Hair loss 99 more
How many evaluations
196
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (431) Joint pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (105 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Blurry vision 41 more
How many evaluations
115
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (81 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Headaches 61 more
How many evaluations
82
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (124) Joint pain (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (62 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches Nausea 52 more
How many evaluations
65
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (121) Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (74 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Headaches 46 more
How many evaluations
74
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Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (52 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Hair loss 21 more
How many evaluations
53
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (49 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Increased appetite 50 more
How many evaluations
61
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (105) Joint pain (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Constipation 10 more
How many evaluations
21
Tried for
Pain (60) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (11)
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Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (40 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 19 more
How many evaluations
41
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (61)
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (21 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Drowsiness 10 more
How many evaluations
25
Tried for
Pain (56) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (10)
1 more

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

Who has Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 24
20s 394
30s 1,062
40s 2,441
50s 3,184
60s 1,756
70+ 396

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 743
20-29 years 847
30-39 years 1,358
40-49 years 1,379
50-59 years 677
60-69 years 147
70+ years 18

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6,027
Not Diagnosed 289

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