Arthritis Medications (cont.)

Medical Reviewer:

Gold salts have been used to treat rheumatoid arthritis throughout most of this century. Gold thioglucose (SOLGANAL) and gold thiomalate (MYOCHRYSINE) are given by injection, initially on a weekly basis for months to years. Oral gold, auranofin (RIDAURA) was introduced in the 1980's. Side effects of gold (oral and injectable) include skin rash, mouth sores, kidney damage with leakage of protein in the urine, and bone marrow damage with anemia and low white cell count. Patients receiving gold treatment are regularly monitored with blood and urine tests. Oral gold can cause diarrhea.

Brand Name Generic Name
Arava leflunomide
Azulfidine sulfasalazine
Cuprimine, Depen penicillamine
Enbrel etanercept
Humira adalimumab
Imuran azathioprine
Plaquenil hydroxychloroquine
Remicade infliximab
Rheumatrex methotrexate
Ridaura auranofin
Solganal aurothiglucose

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