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General precautions are required when taking drugs / medications. Always try and remember the medications you are on when going to a doctor, as this information is VERY important. Many drugs can interact with each other. An up-todate list of the medications may be a useful item to give to the doctor.
Side effects are always possible, and allergies may occur even months after starting a medication. Nuisance side effects such as nausea, dizziness or rash are common for all groups of drugs, but more serious side effects are usually idiosynchratic or dose related for other individual classes of medications.

The package insert /information leaflet for a drug should be in the packet of supplied medication. If not - ask your pharmacist for it. The side effects quoted in these documents, cover all possible known reactions, and are often overstated, so do not panic if you see a frightening list of possible side effects. However - do ask your doc about your fears. Dont be scared to ask questions.

 

Common medications used in Rheumatology.

   
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Alendronate / fosamax
Antimalarials in Arthritis

Arava / leflunomide

Arthrotec
Calcium and osteoporosis
Calcitonin
Celebrex / celecoxib
Chloroquine in Arthritis
Combination DMARD therapy in RA
Cortisone
Cyclo-oxygenase inhibitors / COX -2 science
Cyclosporine in RA
Cytotec / Misoprostol
Cytotoxic therapy in Rheumatic Disease
Daypro / Oxaprozin
Diet and Arthritis
Disease modifying therapy in Rheumatoid arthritis
Drugs in Pregnancy
Enbrel
Fad / Unusual therapy for RA
Fosamax
Immune Suppression in the Rheumatic Diseases

Leflunomide

Methotrexate
Methotrexate in RA
Miacalcic / calcitonin
Minocycline in RA
Neoral in Ra
Nivaquine in Arthritis
Non Steroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs - NSAIDs
Plaquenil
Prednisone
Rofecoxib /Vioxx
Sulphasalazine
Tetracyclines in RA

Vioxx / Rofecoxib