Many drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis have potentially serious side effects and monitoring is required.
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis should be treated as early as possible with DMARDs (disease modifying antirheumatic drugs). Examples include methotrexate, leflunomide, sulphasalazine and hydroxychloroquine. Sulfasalazine or hydroxychloroquine often are started first, but in more severe cases, methotrexate or combination therapy may be first-line treatment. Increasing evidence indicates that combinations of DMARDs can be more effective than single-drug regimens.
There is no "best" choice or "least side effects" medicine to choose. All have risks and benefits and often it is trial and error to find a medicine that will work best for you. Talk with your doctor if you need more information or see the links below.
- Hydroxychloroquine Information for Consumers
- Hydroxychloroquine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Hydroxychloroquine (detailed)
Search for questions
Still looking for answers? Try searching for what you seek or ask your own question.
Posted 5 Oct 2009 • 1 answer
Posted 15 Sep 2010 • 2 answers
Posted 20 Nov 2012 • 2 answers
Posted 25 Feb 2013 • 1 answer
Posted 14 Apr 2016 • 2 answers