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Rheumatoid Arthritis, joint pain after tapering out Zempred, medicine changed to Wysolone. Efficacy, side effects?

I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis . I was put on Zempred for a couple months along with Folitrax 10 mg CaltenD and Folvite. Felt good. But after tapering out Zempred, pain in small joints returned. Now I have been prescribed WYSOLONE 10mg daily. I am supposed to tapper it out in about three months. Would this do good. Are there any side effects?
Asked On : Tue, 22 May 2012
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Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease of unknown etiology and this tends to run a variable but chronic and progressive course.
Although steroids are among the most potent anti inflammatory drugs available ( like ZEMPRED and WYSOLONE) but still these should be used sparingly.
You should be on immunomodulatory and immunosuppressive agents and try to avoid steroids as far as possible.
I advise you to consult a rheumatologist and take proper treatment.
Definitely there are lots of side effects of this medicine.
Answered: Wed, 23 May 2012
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