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  • RA News: Pfizer Pill Beats Methotrexate, Alcohol Reduces RA Risk, Periodontal Disease High

    Pfizer oral JAK “superior” to methotrexate Pfizer released a statement about their two year study, ORAL Start, which puts their new oral JAK treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis directly up against methotrexate.  The oral medication, currently called tofacitinib, is taken twice daily in either 5 or 10 mg doses. “Tofacitinib was found to be superior to […]

  • Methotrexate and Rheumatoid Arthritis: Is Alcohol Consumption Safe?

    RA Medicines were a gift The day I finally met the good rheumatologist, I was given several prescriptions. But, they weren’t Christmas presents. They came with stern warnings. Do not get pregnant; do not drink any alcohol… the regular drill. At that point, I was scared stiff. Well, I was stiff already anyway. However, I […]

  • Opioid Restrictions Versus Patient Needs

    Discussion of possible negative effects of opioid restrictions on people with legitimate need for medications. Excerpt of Kelly O’Neill Young’s BMJ article.

  • Safe Acetaminophen Dosage with Chronic Pain

    Facts on acetaminophen as an ingredient over 600 medicines in the U.S. Tips on how to maintain acetaminophen dosage within recommended limits.

  • Does Diet Influence the Risk of Developing Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)?

    “The Mediterranean diet, rich in fish, plant food, mono- and polyunsaturated fat, and including moderate wine consumption, has been suggested to protect against e.g. cardiovascular disease, but its effect on RA development has only been studied to a limited extent.”[1] Do Mediterranean or vegetarian diets impact Rheumatoid Arthritis risk? The Swedish Epidemiological Investigation of Rheumatoid […]

  • Efficacy of Xeljanz, Biologics, & DMARDs in Rheumatoid Disease

    Why should I feel like I failed? I’m not alone We probably agree it’s unfair to say, “patients fail treatments” instead of the reverse, but there is still disappointment. I was optimistic that my Rheumatoid disease would respond to Xeljanz, the new oral DMARD (disease modifying anti-rheumatic drug) from Pfizer. Unfortunately, my joint stiffness and […]

  • The End of the Methotrexate Shortage, Thanks to Pfizer?

    Pfizer addresses U.S. methotrexate shortage that hurts RA patients Earlier this year the FDA approved an abbreviated new drug application, securing Pfizer’s right to sell injectable methotrexate in the U.S. Recently, Pfizer says they began shipping to customers. This move by Pfizer addresses an urgent shortage of methotrexate in the U.S. that has affected many […]

  • Your Rheumatoid Arthritis Onset Stories, page 28

    Click here to view a complete listing of Rheumatoid Arthritis stories on this site with disclaimer. Becca’s Rheumatoid Arthritis story Brittany’s Rheumatoid Arthritis story Susie M.’s Rheumatoid Arthritis story This is Becca’s onset of Rheumatoid Arthritis story, in her own words. Hi, my name is Becca and I graduated from art school with a degree […]

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumors: 2 Mysteries Solved

    I thought it was brilliant the other day when a commenter called RA “the ghost disease.” It’s true that many RA myths persist and that researchers don’t yet know exactly how Rheumatoid Arthritis works. Which joints can be affected? Is there a nutritional cure that we are overlooking?   Confusion about RA is perpetuated in […]

  • 20 Facts About Rheumatoid Heart Disease

    This is part 2 of yesterday’s post Rheumatoid (Arthritis) Heart Disease about the history and uniqueness of the heart disease of Rheumatoid Arthritis. It’s important to realize… Rheumatoid heart disease is part of the Rheumatoid disease. It is not just… RA increasing a person’s chances of heart disease. RA making heart disease worse. RA patients […]

  • Perception, Reputation, & Information: How Do We Decide about Dangerous Drugs?

    Widespread mis-information on methotrexate In an article in The Rheumatologist, Dr. Bruce Cronstein writes about his frustration with misinformation online about methotrexate. He wonders aloud whether there is some intentional campaign against it. I guess many websites paint an ominous picture of the sunny yellow liquid – or pills – we love to hate. There […]

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis News Articles, Volume 2

    3 hot Rheumatoid Arthritis news articles 1) Woman with Rheumatoid Arthritis dies after seafood The Galveston Daily News reported last week a Port Bolivar, Texas woman with Rheumatoid Arthritis died of an infection of flesh-eating bacteria. The bacteria, which are common in warm salt water worldwide, can cause necrotizing fasciitis. Ginger Ling, 57, had cleaned […]