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
513
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (512) Joint pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
313
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
135
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (135) Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
130
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (130) 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)

(Arava)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
123
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
123
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (117) Joint pain (3)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
69
Tried for
Pain (62) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (12)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
67
Tried for
Pain (61) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (14)
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) (212 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Fatigue 103 more
How many evaluations
219
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (512) Joint pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (116 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Diarrhea 51 more
How many evaluations
124
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (68 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 54 more
How many evaluations
71
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (135) Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (75 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Injection site reaction 62 more
How many evaluations
75
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (130) Joint pain (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (76 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Injection site reaction 48 more
How many evaluations
76
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Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (50 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Hair loss 20 more
How many evaluations
50
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (60 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Increased appetite 54 more
How many evaluations
69
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (117) Joint pain (3)
1 more
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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 (62) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (12)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Sleepiness 10 more
How many evaluations
23
Tried for
Pain (61) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (14)
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 21
20s 396
30s 1,059
40s 2,388
50s 3,133
60s 1,687
70+ 367

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 729
20-29 years 827
30-39 years 1,327
40-49 years 1,360
50-59 years 668
60-69 years 146
70+ years 17

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5,928
Not Diagnosed 279

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