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)

(Methotrexate Sodium, Preservative Free)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
617
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (616) Pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
377
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (377) Joint pain (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
162
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (162) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
149
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (140) Joint pain (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
148
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Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
143
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
133
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (133) Joint pain (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
87
Tried for
Pain (75) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (21)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
80
Tried for
Pain (67) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (17)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Actemra)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
58

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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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Methotrexate Sodium, Preservative Free)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (231 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Fatigue 118 more
How many evaluations
236
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (616) Pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (124 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Diarrhea 63 more
How many evaluations
133
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (377) Joint pain (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (65 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 57 more
How many evaluations
68
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (162) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (61 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Increased appetite 54 more
How many evaluations
73
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (140) Joint pain (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (67 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Injection site reaction 48 more
How many evaluations
67
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Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (45 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Hair loss 20 more
How many evaluations
45
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (70 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Injection site reaction 62 more
How many evaluations
70
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (133) Joint pain (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Sleepiness 16 more
How many evaluations
31
Tried for
Pain (75) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (21)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (22 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Drowsiness 10 more
How many evaluations
26
Tried for
Pain (67) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (17)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Actemra)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (33 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue High Cholesterol 25 more
How many evaluations
33

Data from patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Slight
  • None
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  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 23
20s 388
30s 966
40s 2,121
50s 2,607
60s 1,245
70+ 256

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 641
20-29 years 706
30-39 years 1,184
40-49 years 1,197
50-59 years 561
60-69 years 122
70+ years 16

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5,184
Not Diagnosed 249

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