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February 2005, Volume 35 Number 2 , p 8 - 8 [FREE]

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  • ELIZABETH C. BROWN RN

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© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 35(2)             February 2005             p 8 Boning up on rheumatoid arthritis [LETTERS]

BROWN, ELIZABETH C. RN

Murphy, N.C.

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I was interested to read “Oh, Those Aching Joints: What You Need to Know about Arthritis” (November 2004). I have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and struggle with this disease every day. The biologic response modifier leflunomide (Arava) may be a great drug for some, but it's been a disaster for me. An RA patient who's taking leflunomide along with another immunosuppressant ...

 

I was interested to read "Oh, Those Aching Joints: What You Need to Know about Arthritis" (November 2004). I have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and struggle with this disease every day. The biologic response modifier leflunomide (Arava) may be a great drug for some, but it's been a disaster for me. An RA patient who's taking leflunomide along with another immunosuppressant is especially vulnerable to infections. Although I'm now off leflunomide, its effects can remain for 2 years so I need to be careful about any kind of infection. Working in acute care looks less and less inviting with all the diseases floating around today!!

 

-JANET DYSART, RN, CPN(C)

 

Vancouver, British Columbia

I was interested to read "Oh, Those Aching Joints: What You Need to Know about Arthritis" (November 2004). I have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and struggle with this disease every day. The biologic response modifier leflunomide (Arava) may be a great drug for some, but it's been a disaster for me. An RA patient who's taking leflunomide along with another immunosuppressant is especially vulnerable to infections. Although I'm now off leflunomide, its effects can remain for 2 years so I need to be careful about any kind of infection. Working in acute care looks less and less inviting with all the diseases floating around today!!

-JANET DYSART, RN, CPN(C)

Vancouver, British Columbia