I came off methotrexate in January due to side effects and unfortunately ended up with a 10 week wait before being started on a new drug. I was eventually prescribed Sulfasalazine after a scan to confirm I had inflammation...even though I could say exactly where the inflammation was due to pain. When I got the drug out in the evening and read the leaflet it clearly stated not to be taken if you have an allergy to aspirin! I decided it was best not to take the drug and instead left a message on the nurse helpline. I got a call back the next day and was told that having an allergy to aspirin doesn't necessarily mean you will react to sulfasalazine but it was up to me? It was pointed out that all Dmards have side effects and carried risks but using my not so vast medical knowledge I decided I would rather not risk taking a drug which carried this extra risk.
Now I've been prescribed leflunomide and took my first dose last night with dinner. I kept waking up in the night with waves of nausea. It was horrible and reminded me of the morning, noon and night sickness I suffered during pregnancy. I'd be grateful if anyone could tell me if they also suffered this in the early stages of treatment and if anything helped or how long it took to pass? I'm hopeful that the drug will work as I'd really like to get rid of this limp and be able to lift my left arm again! Fingers are firmly crossed that my hair doesn't start to come out again either as it's really improved since coming off mtx. I've not really had much advice about the drug other than what I've read in the arthritis research leaflet and a warning to stop taking if I get a rash so all info gratefully received.
I'm trying to ignore all the warnings in the scary leaflet and tell myself that nasty side effects are rare.So for now I'll keep taking the pills and hopefully I'll soon be a new woman.