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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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
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Treatment name(s)

(Metoject)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
494
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (493) Joint pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
302
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
133
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (133) Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
132
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (132) Joint pain (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
127
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
125
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (119) Joint pain (3)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
122
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
70
Tried for
Pain (63) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (12)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
68
Tried for
Pain (63) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (13)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
64
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (64)

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)

(Metoject)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (205 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Fatigue 103 more
How many evaluations
213
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (493) Joint pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (115 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Diarrhea 51 more
How many evaluations
123
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (65 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 54 more
How many evaluations
68
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (133) Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (78 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Injection site reaction 63 more
How many evaluations
79
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (132) Joint pain (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (77 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Injection site reaction 47 more
How many evaluations
77
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (60 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Increased appetite 55 more
How many evaluations
70
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (119) Joint pain (3)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (51 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Hair loss 20 more
How many evaluations
51
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (22 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Drowsiness 11 more
How many evaluations
26
Tried for
Pain (63) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (12)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (20 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Sleepiness 10 more
How many evaluations
24
Tried for
Pain (63) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (13)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (41 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 19 more
How many evaluations
42
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (64)

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
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  • Mild
  • None

Who has Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 22
20s 399
30s 1,058
40s 2,397
50s 3,147
60s 1,704
70+ 371

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 731
20-29 years 832
30-39 years 1,330
40-49 years 1,362
50-59 years 669
60-69 years 147
70+ years 17

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5,946
Not Diagnosed 279

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