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)

(Apo-Methotrexate)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
408
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (407) Joint pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
257
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
123
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (123) Joint pain (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
115
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
113
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (113) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
112
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
108
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (101) 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
60
Tried for
Pain (55) 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
How many evaluations
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Treatment name(s)

(Apo-Methotrexate)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (182 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Fatigue 90 more
How many evaluations
187
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (407) Joint pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (99 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Blurry vision 38 more
How many evaluations
109
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (79 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Headaches 60 more
How many evaluations
80
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (123) Joint pain (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (75 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Headaches 43 more
How many evaluations
75
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (55 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 47 more
How many evaluations
58
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (113) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (48 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Nausea 20 more
How many evaluations
49
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (48 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Increased appetite 52 more
How many evaluations
59
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (101) 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) (41 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 18 more
How many evaluations
42
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (61)
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (20 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Drowsiness 9 more
How many evaluations
24
Tried for
Pain (55) 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 393
30s 1,063
40s 2,447
50s 3,202
60s 1,796
70+ 408

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 748
20-29 years 848
30-39 years 1,367
40-49 years 1,386
50-59 years 684
60-69 years 148
70+ years 18

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6,063
Not Diagnosed 292

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