What is Tofacitinib?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Tofacitinib is an oral medication that is known as a disease modifying antirheumatic drug. It is used in the treatment of adult patients with moderately- to severely-active rheumatoid arthritis who are unable to take or who have had an inadequate response to methotrexate.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Rheumatoid arthritis 51 19
Pain 2 1
Psoriatic arthritis 2 1
Stiffness in morning 2 0
Ulcerative colitis 2 0
Alopecia areata 1 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 3
Moderate 3
Mild 5
None 14

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tofacitinib

Side effect Patients Percentage
Headaches 4
High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) 2
Dizziness 1
Fatigue 1
Hair loss 1
Heart palpitations 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tofacitinib

Dosage Patients Percentage
5 mg twice daily 6
11 mg daily 4
10 mg twice daily 2
5 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Tofacitinib

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 10
Doctor's advice 4
Side effects too severe 3
Change in health plan coverage 2
Other 2
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently taking Tofacitinib

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking Tofacitinib

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 21
Usually 3
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 23
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 1
< $25 16
Not specified 4

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tofacitinib after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Adalimumab (Humira) 10
Methotrexate (Trexall) 9
Etanercept (Enbrel SureClick) 6
Tocilizumab (Actemra) 5
Abatacept (Orencia) 4

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Patients stopped taking Tofacitinib and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Adalimumab (Humira) 3
Abatacept (Orencia) 2
Etanercept (Enbrel SureClick) 2
Infliximab (Remicade) 1
Minocycline (Minocin) 1

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching to

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1 patient evaluation for Tofacitinib

Jul 1, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: i took this in the morning. I cannot remember if it is recommended that you take the pill while eating. because so many of my pills do require food, I would just take it with the rest. Use drugs.com to list all of your medications and see what interactions are not recommended. That is how I decided what my medicine schedule is, along with my doctor's instructions. Unfortunately, It didn't do anything for my pain.

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