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Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Medications (cont.)

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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.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/18/2014


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