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.
Alendronate / fosamax
Antimalarials in Arthritis
Arava / leflunomide
Calcium and osteoporosis
Celebrex / celecoxib
Chloroquine in Arthritis
Combination DMARD therapy in RA
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
Fad / Unusual therapy for RA
Immune Suppression in the Rheumatic Diseases
Methotrexate in RA
Miacalcic / calcitonin
Minocycline in RA
Neoral in Ra
Nivaquine in Arthritis
Non Steroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs - NSAIDs
Tetracyclines in RA
Vioxx / Rofecoxib