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
394
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (393) Joint pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
249
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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
114
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (114) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
108
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Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
104
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
100
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (94) 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 (57) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (11)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
Tried for
Pain (51) 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)

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
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Treatment name(s)

(Apo-Methotrexate)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (184 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Fatigue 94 more
How many evaluations
190
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (393) Joint pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (98 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Blurry vision 41 more
How many evaluations
111
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (81 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Headaches 59 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) (55 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 48 more
How many evaluations
58
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (114) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (68 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Injection site reaction 40 more
How many evaluations
68
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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)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (44 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Increased appetite 51 more
How many evaluations
55
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (94) Joint pain (4)
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)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Constipation 10 more
How many evaluations
20
Tried for
Pain (57) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (11)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (21 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Constipation 11 more
How many evaluations
24
Tried for
Pain (51) 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 22
20s 388
30s 1,074
40s 2,485
50s 3,300
60s 1,868
70+ 429

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 859
30-39 years 1,400
40-49 years 1,410
50-59 years 700
60-69 years 157
70+ years 18

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6,165
Not Diagnosed 295

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