... back. I'm having I relief and doctors and rhumotoligist are not listening to me saying I still need to give it time. I'm loosing my mind
I tried sulfasalazine twice in my "career" with AS (aka Reiter's Syndrome). Its one of several NSAIDs. If your doctor and rheumie are not listening to you, it might be time to change doctors. Have they provided you with other choices of drugs: methotrexate, TNFs like Enbrel, other NSAIDs (indocine), gold salt (myochrysine), and so on? Have YOU done any research on your own about other drugs? You have to educate yourself if you are going to get any "traction" with a doctor!
PLUS ... some of the other drugs cost more than sulfasalazine. It has been around for a long time. Remember that the term "US healthcare system" is an oxymoron, sadly. Cost containment seems to affect only the consumer but NOT the providers (doctors and hospitals). Ever wonder why companies in the healthcare sector have performed better the past few years than other sectors? If you are in a type of HMO, your PCP is a gate-keeper; aka, traffic cop to prevent expensive referrals.
I have been to Europe several times. Drugs are MUCH cheaper there and they aren't dying any faster than in the US, in fact, most OECD countries have BETTER and less expensive healthcare than the US. I could go on ... but then I would not be a "good Republican". Too bad someone like Dwight Eisenhower is not around. :-(
- Sulfasalazine Information for Consumers
- Sulfasalazine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Sulfasalazine (detailed)
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