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)

(Metoject)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
479
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (478) Joint pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
287
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
134
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (134) Joint pain (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
130
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (130) Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
124
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
121
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (115) Joint pain (3)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

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

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
70
Tried for
Pain (66) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (12)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
68
Tried for
Pain (62) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (10)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
63
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (63)

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) (202 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Fatigue 102 more
How many evaluations
210
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (478) Joint pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (111 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Diarrhea 48 more
How many evaluations
119
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (82 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Headaches 64 more
How many evaluations
83
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (134) Joint pain (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (65 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches Nausea 55 more
How many evaluations
68
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (130) Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (76 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Injection site reaction 47 more
How many evaluations
76
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (57 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Increased appetite 53 more
How many evaluations
67
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (115) Joint pain (3)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (52 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Hair loss 20 more
How many evaluations
53
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (21 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Sleepiness 10 more
How many evaluations
23
Tried for
Pain (66) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (12)
1 more
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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 (62) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (10)
1 more
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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) (63)

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 403
30s 1,065
40s 2,421
50s 3,154
60s 1,720
70+ 372

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 736
20-29 years 839
30-39 years 1,340
40-49 years 1,363
50-59 years 672
60-69 years 145
70+ years 18

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5,973
Not Diagnosed 283

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