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Posted by Janie on January 03, 2000 at 01:05:02:

In Reply to: What's new for RA posted by Paul N on January 02, 2000 at 10:45:02:

: What are the new DMARDS for RA? I've tried gold and methotrexate,has anyone had any success with newer treatments.
: Regards PAUL

Hi,Paul.I too was on methotrexate which worked for about 8 months then stopped.Then I was put on Arava which is one of the newer DMARDS.It helped(not as well as methotrexate had)for about the same length of time.Then they wanted to add embril shots to it.Knowing the possible long term side effects of these drugs anyway,I said no.About six months ago,I got off of everything except 5mg prednisone and 150 mg of voltaren.I am suffering terribly and truthfully couldn't get around much at all if not for the prednisone and I really want off of it too.I am 49 and just hate this,as I know we all do.I am trying alternative treatments on my own.The Arava could work well for you and it has less side effects than methotrexate,I know it helped a lot of the patients that were seeing my rheumatologist.Good luck to you.Janie

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