Rheumatoid arthritis

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What is rheumatoid arthritis?

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

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

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Treatments taken by people with rheumatoid arthritis

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Apo-Methotrexate)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
335
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (334) Joint pain (3)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
241
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (240) Joint pain (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
121
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (121) Joint pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
96
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (96) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
93
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (93)
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Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
89
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (89) Joint pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
82
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (77) Joint pain (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
62
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (62)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
60
Tried for
Pain (55) rheumatoid arthritis (10)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Actemra)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (52) Joint pain (2)

Data from patients with rheumatoid arthritis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with rheumatoid arthritis

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Apo-Methotrexate)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (173 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Fatigue 87 more
Total evaluations
179
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (334) Joint pain (3)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (101 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Blurry vision 39 more
Total evaluations
115
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (240) Joint pain (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (76 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches Fatigue 55 more
Total evaluations
78
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (121) Joint pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (48 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 38 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (96) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (60 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Headaches 34 more
Total evaluations
61
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (93)
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Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (38 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Nausea 19 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (89) Joint pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (42 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Increased appetite 52 more
Total evaluations
51
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (77) Joint pain (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (45 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches Nausea 12 more
Total evaluations
45
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (62)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Constipation 10 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
Pain (55) rheumatoid arthritis (10)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Actemra)
Perceived effectiveness
for rheumatoid arthritis (36 evaluations)
Side effects
Mouth sores (ulcers) Fatigue 31 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
rheumatoid arthritis (52) Joint pain (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with rheumatoid arthritis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has rheumatoid arthritis on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 19
20s 397
30s 1,105
40s 2,572
50s 3,481
60s 2,013
70+ 478
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 760
20-29 years 883
30-39 years 1,442
40-49 years 1,469
50-59 years 739
60-69 years 163
70+ years 21

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6,348
Not Diagnosed 301

These charts show data from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients who have completed their condition history
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