Most of RA medications have side effects
Thanks for the query. Since rheumathoid arthritis
is an autoimmune disorder, medications used against it are a bit "unnatural" and "tough on the body" because they intend to supress your own body from attacking itself. That bein said, untreated rheumathoid arthritis can be a deadly disease, incapacitating, and now linked more and more to heart disease
. My grandpa died from a pneumonia while suffering from rheumathoid arthritis (you are more susceptible to infection) but on the other hand my aunt died from a massive heart attack
with no other risk factors than rheumathoid arthritis.
There are a series of other medications such as Arava, Plaquenil, and Azulfidine
which can be used instead of Methotrexate
. You can talk to your doctor about those alternative first line medications; there are also monthly injections that are more expensive and are usually reserved for people who do not respond well to the oral medications.
Hope this is helpful, wish you the best
Dr Brenes-Salazar MD