Generic name: Auranofin.
Ridaura, a gold preparation, is an anti-arthritic. It is thought to reduce inflammation by altering the immune system.
Quick Facts About Ridaura
Used to treat rheumatoid arthritis in individuals who get no relief with use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as Anaprox, Dolobid, Indocin, and Motrin. Most effective in early stages of active joint inflammation.
Take orally, as prescribed by your doctor. Most other gold preparations are injected. Ridaura therapy is usually combined with a non-medication treatment plan. May take 3 to 6 months to see results.
- Usual adult dose: 6 milligrams per day in a single dose or divided into 2 smaller doses. After 6 months — doctor may increase dose to 9 milligrams per day divided into 3 smaller doses.
- Usual child dose: not generally prescribed for children.
- Missed dose: if taking I dose per day — take as soon as possible, unless it is the next day. In that case, do not take missed dose; go back to regular schedule. If taking 2 or more doses per day — take as soon as possible, unless almost time for next dose. In that case, do not take missed dose; go back to regular schedule. Do not double doses.
Ridaura Side Effects
no specific information available. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.
More common side effects: loose stools or diarrhea in approximately 50% who take Ridaura. Also may cause abdominal pain and gas; blood-cell abnormalities resulting in bleeding; bronchitis; bruising; conjunctivitis (pinkeye); fever; gold dermatitis (skin inflammation); indigestion; itching; loss of appetite; metallic taste; nausea; rash; sores in mouth; vomiting.
Less common or rare Ridaura side effects: altered sense of taste, anemia, black or bloody stools, blood in urine, constipation, difficulty swallowing, fluid retention and swelling, hair loss, hives, inflammation of tongue or gums, intestinal inflammation with ulcers, stomach or intestinal bleeding, yellowed eyes and skin.
Inform your doctor before combining Ridaura with:
penicillamine (Cuprimine), phenytoin (Dilantin).
No known food/other substance interactions.
Ridaura may cause birth defects. If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Injected gold appears in breast milk; could affect a nursing infant.
No special precautions apply to seniors.
Not generally prescribed for children.
- Do not take if you have had any of the following reactions to taking gold medications: anaphylaxis (life-threatening allergic reaction); blood or bone marrow disorder; fibrosis (scar tissue) in the lungs; serious bowel inflammation; skin peeling.
- Immediately inform your doctor if you experience bruising easily; or small, red or purplish skin discolorations appear.
- Doctor will monitor you closely during Ridaura therapy if you have: inflammatory bowel disease, kidney or liver disease, skin rash.
- Practice good oral hygiene during Ridaura therapy.
- Ongoing blood and urine tests will be performed to check for unwanted effects.
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