auranofin, Ridaura (cont.)

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PRESCRIBED FOR: Auranofin is used in the treatment of active, progressive or destructive forms of inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Off label uses include Felty's Syndrome (a rare disorder that includes rheumatoid arthritis, a swollen spleen, and decreased white blood cell count), psoriatic arthritis and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of auranofin are:

An itching sensation can be an early warning sign of a skin reaction, such as a rash. Auranofin also can cause a metallic taste and mouth sores, though less frequently than injectable gold salts. Because gold salts can cause serious kidney and bone marrow problems, all patients require monitoring with regular testing of blood and urine. Hair loss, anemia, and reduced number of white blood cells or platelets have also been reported.



PREPARATIONS: Capsule: 3 mg.

STORAGE: Auranofin should be stored between 15 C and 30 C (59 F and 86 F) and dispensed in a tight, light-resistant container

DOSING: The usual adult dosage of auranofin is 3 mg twice daily or 6 mg once a day. The dose may be increased to 3 mg three times daily after three months.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/16/2015

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