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Date: 07.06.2012
From: stacey

Subject: Flare up

Hi everyone,

im just wanting a bit of advice. I was diagnosed with RA 14 months ago i started taking sulfasalazine 12 months ago and once the medication kicked in ive felt fine (i'd forgot how it felt to feel normal again no aching or stiffness!)But the passed few weeks i have started with the problems again! I phoned the RA nurse to tell her i was having problems and she said the sulfasalazine was loosing effect and that i needed to up the sulfasalazine to 6 tablets a day (previously taking 4 a day) and introduce hydroxychloroquine to try settle things down. I wanted to know if anyone has had the same problem? I didnt realise this would happen. I feel so fed up with the pain and tiredness!
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Date: 07.06.2012
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: Flare up

hi Stacey

sounds like they need to try a stronger drug like methotrexate , works so much better than sulfasalazine , myself found increasing it to 6 a day done nothing

hope you feel better soon
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Date: 07.06.2012
From: stacey

Subject: Re: Flare up

Thanks Colin. I'm trying to avoid methotrexate as im only 27 and don't have any children yet and i know it can interfer with pregnancy. How long was you on sulfasalazine before it stopped working?
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Date: 07.06.2012
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: Flare up

was on SlZ about 12 months before they tried Mtx , but been on both for 14 years now ,

Mtx is a very good drug & worth trying
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Date: 24.07.2013
From: lol

Subject: Re: Flare up

HI Stacy just started the forum going through it and seen yours. I have just started sulfasalazine started it for 6days and started to vomit really bad with it. They told me to go back on it I have been on it 4days starting to feel sick also pains in my stomach on and off. does these pass and if so how long iam waiting for a knee replacement and have been told they won't give me one until i get my inflammatory arthritis under control and have had my last steroid injection really frightened as they said they cant help when it wears off but struggling to stay on sulfasalazine where are you up to now. lol
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