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Ridaura

( auranofin )
 

3 mg brown / white capsule with tapered ends


Purpose

To reduce inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis and retard disease progression. ( This drug is "oral gold." )

 

Indications

For anti-inflammatory activity in rheumatoid arthritis.


Dosage

Average dosage is 6 mg daily. The drug is slowly absorbed and distributed through the body, and weeks to months may be required before full therapeutic effect is achieved.


Side effects

The most common side effect is dose-related diarrhea, which occurs at some time in approximately one third of treated patients and requires discontinuation in 10% to 20 % of patients. Skin rash has occurred in 4%, mild kidney problems in 1%, and problems with the platelets in 0.5% of patients.

 

Special hints

Ridaura, useful in rheumatoid arthritis, is an important drug for some patients. It is not believed to be effective in osteoarthritis, gout, or minor rheumatic conditions. It may or may not have an eventual role in psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and the arthritis of children. If diarrhea is encountered, the dose should be reduced. As with intramuscular gold injections, patients should be monitored periodically for blood complications, skin rash, and protein loss in the urine. Follow your doctor's advice for the particular tests required and the frequencies with which they are needed. Ridaura is most useful in the first year or so of rheumatoid arthritis.

         
         

     

         

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