Hi. My rheumatologist has had me on Arava for about 3 weeks. No noticeable side effects. My stomach hasn't bothered me (but then I don't have a sensitive stomach) and even the possible hair loss he mentioned didn't happen. I'm also on a low dose of prednisone at the same time. My fingers still hurt but not as much and I'm not having the knee pain that I had before taking both. He wants to start me on one of the self injected drugs (Humira or Enbrol). I'm seeing him today and will decide where to go next.