ARAVA: FDA Approved Drugs and User Comments

User Comments:

For Rheumatoid Arthritis “I’m posting this for my mother, who is not able to type like she once did as a result of this medication. Methotrexate was also a difficult med., which caused confusion, depression, loss of balance, hair loss and an INCREASE in joint pain. Arava had similar effects, but instead of 5 weeks as with Methotrexate, she was only able to tolerate 3 days of Arava! (at 1/2 dose per rheumy recommendation). She had symptoms very much like a stroke the evening of the third day – unable to speak more than a word or two, not to mention absolute terror as well as the effects listed above. For anyone keeping track: she waited a full 2 weeks between stopping methotrexate and trying the Arava. after 5 weeks now, she’s ALMOST back to normal. Beware!”

EvilLena (taken for less than 1 month) August 12, 2017

For Rheumatoid Arthritis “No way did this drug help me!!!!!! What it Did do was give me MS symptoms! Yes ! I went totally blind off and on during the day and had debilitating headaches to where all I did was lay n cry!!!!!! Warning the dr tells me I had MS I say no it’s the drug! He says no and proceeds to send me to a nuerologist! He exams me and says no it’s probably neuropathy! So here I go again being sent to yet another specialist! I was sent to a optomolgist and he says no your eyes are fine it has to be MS! I then go back to the rhuemotologist for him to say yes it’s MS don’t stop the drug! I went out on my own gut and Stopped the Arava and WHAT DO YOU KNOW— MS SYMPTOMS DISSPPEARED ALMOST INSTANTLY! So please be aware these drugs will do more harm than good”

Trish44 January 14, 2017

For Rheumatoid Arthritis “Had virtually no pain or swelling anymore. Used with combination of Humira. Had to come off, unfortunately due to gut and intestinal issues getting severe. Did help my RA more than any other medication so far, but too many gut issues.”

Rudythom (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 22, 2016

For Rheumatoid Arthritis “I I could not take it stomach problems and barfing I am very allergist to sulfa penicillin bioxen do not know if that had something to do with it”

Bibi2 November 20, 2015

For Rheumatoid Arthritis “I was unable to move around …very stiff and sore. It was so bad I was considering using a cane to get around. Arava 20mgs has put an end to all of my aches and pains…so very grateful. But, my BP is now elevated (I’m adressing this with my PCP).”

jen287 March 17, 2015

For Rheumatoid Arthritis “I’ve been on Arava for over 10 years now. At first (following the loading dose) I was taking 20 mg daily. I went from not being able to dress myself to being completely independent and relatively pain free. I do have fibromyalgia, so there has been some muscle pain with that. I lost quite a bit of hair at first, but that stopped. After 7 or 8 years I asked my doctor if I could try to taper down. I went from 20 mg daily to 20 mg every other day. I have mild psoriasis which flared when I cut back, but eventually it cleared up again. After a year, my doctor decreased it to 10 mg every other day. The psoriasis flared again, but is now gone and I am maintaining at 10 mg every other day and doing well.”

Tina G. P. March 6, 2014

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