Rheumatoid arthritis

Posted , 4 users are following.

Hi friends,have anyone taken azathioprine 50 mg? I was on salazopyrin,Methotraxate. Rhemy added this above tablets. I would like to know if any one has taken this tablet.

0 likes, 7 replies

Report / Delete

7 Replies

  • Posted

    Imuran-azathioprine, I have taken Imuran for JRA

    Methotrexate and I do not agree with one another.

    sulfasalazine-salazopyrin-Azulfidine I have also taken.

    Your rheumatologist is attempting to quiet your symptoms and modify your rheumatoid. I see nothing unusual in the combination of medications. Your rheumy is avoiding steroids use...good.

    Perhaps this will help you to understand the treatment of rheumatoid.

    Rheumatoid is a dynamic disease that morphs....this is why a medication that helps today may not help tomorrow.

    By observing a person's reaction to a drug, we can learn a lot about the rheumatoid in that person's body...Both Enbrel and Humira are TNF, tumor necrosis factor. Individuals whose rheumatoid responds well to either Enbrel or Humira are said to have TNF driven rheumatoid. Rituximab is a monoclonal antibody against the protein CD20. For those who respond favorably to Rituximab, we say their rheumatoid is CD20 driven.

    Sometimes rheumatoid arthritis can be successfully treated with an NSAID...non steriodal anti inflammatory drug...such as Orudis, Feldene, Naprosin, Naproxin, Motrin, Indomethacin, Butazolidin to name just a few.

    Steriods...not to be confused with anabolic steroids...prednisone, budesonide, methylprednisolone are three of many steroids. Many decades of study have taught us toq use steroids judiciously because steroids cause unwanted side effects such as bone density loss. Today, steroids are prescribed using a burst approach...high dose fast start, immediate graduated decrease, off.

    DMARDs & Biologics... disease modifying anti rheumatic drug...

    This class of medications modify, literally change the way rheumatoid behaves... Methotrexate (now the gold standard), hydroxychloroquine, sulfasalazine, Orencia, Remicade are all typically oral.

    Rituximab is delivered by infusion as are some of the others.

    Enbrel in the mid nineties was the first DMARD. I still remember watching the television news that night with tears running down my face. Those of you who face rheumatoid today should never face the full fury of this disease. Nevertheless, matching a sufferer with the best medication to defeat their rheumatoid continues to take time. As the class of medication used increases, so too do the possible adverse side effects. Be patient and work with your rheumatologist, only a board certified rheumatologist, to fine tune a treatment effective against your rheumatoid.

    54 years of severe juvenile rheumatoid has left my body permanently damaged and deformed because medicine did not have the wealth of knowledge it has today.

    I am grateful for all of the analgesics, NSAIDs, and steroids that made it possible for DMARDs & biologics to modify even my severe juvenile rheumatoid. Today my JRA relatively quiet. And once my rheumatoid quieted down, I forgot about the really tough times it raged.

    kind regards

    Report / Delete Reply
  • Posted

    I love to read your responses.  You are so knowledgeable and make us feel like we are not alone.  You've gone through so much.  I'm currently on Remacade and have been for 2 years.  Nothing else has worked for me.  I get up every morning thanking the makers of this drug because it has given me my life back.  I'm aware that it probably won't work forever.  When and if it doesn't, I guess I will have to go back to try and test and see what will work again for me.

    Report / Delete Reply
  • Posted

    when it stops working, it means your rheumatoid has morphed.

    I made 8+ years on Enbrel. So when it happens, just discuss it with your rheumy. You will feel the slip, just don't let things slip too far back. This way the new medication will be effective quicker.


    Report / Delete Reply

Join this discussion or start a new one?

New discussion Reply

Report or request deletion

Thanks for your help!

We want the forums to be a useful resource for our users but it is important to remember that the forums are not moderated or reviewed by doctors and so you should not rely on opinions or advice given by other users in respect of any healthcare matters. Always speak to your doctor before acting and in cases of emergency seek appropriate medical assistance immediately. Use of the forums is subject to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and steps will be taken to remove posts identified as being in breach of those terms.

newnav-down newnav-up