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
564
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (563) Joint pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
352
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (352) Joint pain (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
149
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (149) Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
143
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (143) Joint pain (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
140
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Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
139
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
138
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (130) Joint pain (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
78
Tried for
Pain (70) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (15)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
76
Tried for
Pain (68) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (13)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Orencia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
67
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (67)

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) (227 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Fatigue 108 more
How many evaluations
233
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (563) Joint pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (121 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Diarrhea 53 more
How many evaluations
131
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (352) Joint pain (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (69 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 58 more
How many evaluations
72
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (149) Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Humira Pen)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (77 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Injection site reaction 59 more
How many evaluations
77
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (143) Joint pain (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Enbrel SureClick)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (78 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Injection site reaction 49 more
How many evaluations
78
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Treatment name(s)

(Arava)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (55 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Hair loss 26 more
How many evaluations
55
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (63 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Increased appetite 55 more
How many evaluations
76
Tried for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (130) Joint pain (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (21 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Sleepiness 12 more
How many evaluations
26
Tried for
Pain (70) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (15)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Drowsiness 12 more
How many evaluations
29
Tried for
Pain (68) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (13)
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) (67)

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
  • Severe
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  • Mild
  • None

Who has Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 26
20s 421
30s 1,096
40s 2,407
50s 3,107
60s 1,586
70+ 334

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 717
20-29 years 817
30-39 years 1,322
40-49 years 1,351
50-59 years 666
60-69 years 143
70+ years 17

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5,886
Not Diagnosed 274

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