I took Arava for a couple of years but was taken off it because I was so tired all the time because it caused me to medication induced anemia.
That said, other than that, I had no ill effects and thought that it worked quite well.
I was also on Plaquenil for a long time and I really liked that one. I especially liked the fact that it was originally an anti-malaria medication and so I didn't have to worry about getting malaria on my travels to the Caribbean. I was taken off it because I taking Rituxan now and it was working and my rheumy didn't think I needed to be on anything else. The only RAD meds I'm on now is the Rituxan and most of the time, I'm fine.
I don't read the scary side effects very often because they are scary and because I'd rather have quality of life now than worry about what may or may not happen in the future.
Joanna from Dundas, Ontario
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