Hi, I was diagnosed 2 yrs ago and put on hydroxy which worked well initially, but now not so good. I see a rheumy every 6 months for 10 mins at a clinic and the last 3 times it has been a different rheumy. The last but one was really nice and said the hydroxy was no longer controlling my RA and I should add another medicine and suggested sulphasazaline. He gave me a leaflet to read and said he would prescribe it at next appt if I was happy to start it. But next appt was a different rheumy again (and a really grumpy, unfriendly one). He said I should be in mtx not sulpha and gave me a leaflet to read with the plan of prescribing this next appt. BUT having read both I feel I want to try sulpha first. I've read up on both and mtx seems by far the stronger drug with way more dide effects and I'd like to give the other a try first. Maybe leaving Mtx until I'm really bad. But can I insist on trying something different? I also enjoy a glass of wine at the weekends while socialising with friends and don't want this hideous disease to take that away from me too! (I understand you can't drink alcohol on mtx but can on sulpha.) anyone else been in this situation ?
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