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What is Ridaura (Auranofin) prescribed for?

Rheumatoid arthritis happens when your body’s immune system targets your joint linings. And it affects both sides of the body, such as both hands, both wrists, and both knees. The symmetry in Rheumatoid arthritis is what sets it apart from other types of arthritis.

This medication is used as a part of a complete treatment program that includes non-drug therapies, such as a good amount of rest, and physical therapy, to treat active rheumatoid arthritis. It is normally used to treat patients with severe rheumatoid arthritis who have no responded to or cannot take other medications.

Ridaura is not a true pain reliever, but is thought to decrease pain that occurs with arthritis and helps to decrease inflammation. , as well as morning stiffness and any other pain and swelling in the joints, and can increase grip strength.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, consult with your doctor or pharmacist on the matter. Take this medication directly has prescribed, and make sure to read the instructions on the prescription label.  And if you have any concerns, speak with your medical professional.

This medication is taken by mouth, usually twice a day, with or without food.  Remember dosage is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment. To decrease any side effects such as a upset stomach, your doctor may start you on a lower dose and then gradually increase it within time. Do not increase your dose or take this medication more often without your doctor’s approval.

Almost half of all patients have diarrhea or more frequent/loose stools while taking this medication. If this persists or becomes a problem, your doctor may lower the dose or have you temporarily stop the medication. Do not stop or change the dose of your medicine without talking with your doctor.

Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic Auranofin; or to any other medications or allergies in general. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: history of reaction to gold compound (e.g., blood disorders, kidney problems, lung problems, stomach/intestinal problems).

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: bleeding problems, blood disorders (e.g., bone marrow depression), colitis/inflammatory bowel disease, eczema, certain lung problem (fibrosis), kidney disease, liver disease, SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus), recent radiation therapy.

This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Limit your time in the sun. Avoid tanning booths and sunlamps. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Tell your doctor right away if you get sunburned or have skin blisters/redness.

While minor, some of these side effects may occur. They are as follows;  Stomach/abdominal cramping may occur, usually within the first several hours after taking this medication. Nausea, loss of appetite, heartburn, and headache may also occur. However if any of these persist or worsen, it’s best to speak with your doctor right away.

Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: eye redness/pain, hair loss, numbness/tingling of arms/legs.

This medication may cause mouth/lip/throat sores (stomatitis). Tell your doctor if you notice a metallic taste in your mouth. This could be the first sign of stomatitis. Rinsing your mouth with a mild salt solution may provide some relief. Discuss with your doctor.

Tell your doctor right away if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: signs of low blood count (e.g., fast/pounding heartbeat, pale skin, unusual tiredness), easy bleeding/bruising, black/bloody stools, persistent cough, mucus/pus/blood in watery diarrhea, difficult/painful breathing, dizziness, signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat), severe stomach/abdominal pain, unusual tiredness, change in the amount/color of urine, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, yellowing eyes/skin.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is uncommon. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), rash, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.

 

 What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.

 

 What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.

 

 What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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