Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Medications (cont.)
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
Catherine Burt Driver, MD
Catherine Burt Driver, MD, is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Driver is a member of the American College of Rheumatology. She currently is in active practice in the field of rheumatology in Mission Viejo, Calif., where she is a partner in Mission Internal Medical Group.
In this Article
- What are the different types of rheumatoid arthritis medicines?
- What are common side effects of rheumatoid arthritis medications?
- Where can people find more information about side effects of prescription rheumatoid arthritis drugs?
What are common side effects of rheumatoid arthritis medications?
Side effects of NSAIDs include headaches, gastritis and gastric ulcer, dizziness, and dyspepsia. Other severe side effects include bleeding, kidney injury, and liver injury. DMARDs and biologics can cause immune suppression and increased infection risks. Other severe side effects include bone marrow suppression, death from overwhelming infection, tuberculosis, heart failure, demyelinating disease, and increased risk of cancer of the lymph glands (lymphoma).
Where can people find more information about side effects of prescription rheumatoid arthritis drugs?
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Always consult your doctor if you are having unexplained symptoms or questions related to your medications. For more information about side effects of rheumatoid arthritis medications, search for the drug and click on the drug's "Side Effects Center" on the top left side of the page.
Koopman, William, et al., eds. Clinical Primer of Rheumatology. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2003.
Ruddy, Shaun, et al., eds. Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology, Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Co., 2000.
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