I have lupus and RA. I was on Methotrexate and Meloxicam but due to side effects and high blood pressure, my rheumatologist took me off these meds and I'm starting sulfasalazine. Does anyone have any experiences with this drug? My doctor stated that this drug stays in your body for years even after you stop taking it so if you have a reaction to it you have to take another drug for quite some time to get it out of your system which has me a little concerned. Any ideas on this? I would appreciate any feedback.