What are side effects from taking arthritis medications?

What are side effects from taking common arthritis medications?

There are different side effects for every medication especially on arthritis medications. Here are some side effects of your arthritis medications:

Other Arthritis medications:

Methotrexate

Central nervous system:
–    headache, drowsiness, blurred vision, aphasia, seizures, malaise, dizziness

Dermatologic:
–    erythematous rashes, urticaria, photosensitivity, alopecia, acne pruritus

Gastrointestinal:
–    ulcerative stomatitis, gingivitis, anorexia, nausea, GI ulceration and bleeding, hepatic toxicity

Genitourinary:
–    renal failure, effects on fertility

Hematologic:
–    severe bone marrow depression, increases susceptibility to infection

Hypersensitivity:
–    anaphylaxis, sudden death

Respiratory:
–    Interstitial pneumonitis, chronic interstitial obstructive pulmonary disease

Other:
–    chills and fever, metabolic changes (diabetes, osteoporosis), cancer

Celebrex (NSAID)

Central nervous system:
–    headache, dizziness, insomnia, fatigue, tiredness, ophthalmologic effects

Cardiovascular:
–    Myocardial Infarction, Cerebrovascular attack

Dermatologic:
–    rash, pruritus, sweating, dry mucous membranes

Gastrointestinal:
–    nausea, abdominal pain, dyspepsia, flatulence

Hematologic:
–    neutropenia, thrombocytopenia

Other:
–    peripheral edema, anaphylactic shock

Aspirin

Acute Aspirin Toxicity:
–    respiratory alkalosis, hyperpnea, tachypnea, hemorrhage, excitement, confusion, pulmonary edema, seizures, tetany, fever, coma, renal and respiratory failure (dose related, 20-25g in adults, 4g in children)

Aspirin Intolerance:
–    exacerbation of bronchospasm, rhinitis (with nasal polyps, asthma, rhinitis)

Gastrointestinal:
–    nausea, dyspepsia, heartburn, epigastric discomfort, anorexia, hepatotoxicity

Hematologic:
–    occult blood loss, hemostatic defects\

Hypersensitivity:
–    anaphylactoid reactions to anaphylactic shock

Salicylism:
–    dizziness, tinnitus, difficulty hearing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, mental confusion, lassitude (dose related)

Prednisone (Corticosteroids)

Central Nervous System:
–    vertigo, headache, seizures, psychosis, cataracts, increased intraocular pressure, depression, euphoria

Cardiovascular:
–    hypotension, shock, hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias

Electrolyte Imbalance:
–    sodium and fluid retention, hypokalemia ( low ins postassium), hypocalcemia (low in calcium)

Endocrine:
–    amenorrea, irregular menses, growth retardation, diabetes mellitus, increased blood sugar

Gastrointestinal:
–    peptic ulcer, esophageal ulcer, pancreatitis, abdominal distention, nausea, vomiting, increased appetite, weight gain (long-term therapy)

Hypersensitivity:
–    hypersensitivity or anaphylactic reactions

Musculoskeletal:
–    muscle weakness, loss of muscle mass, oteoporosis, spontaneous fractures (long-term therapy)

Other:
– immunosuppression, aggravation or masking of infections; impaired wound healing; thin, fragile skin

Plaquenil

Central Nervous System:
– tinnitus, loss of hearing (ototoxicity), muscle weakness, absent or hypoactive deep tendon reflexes, irritability, nervousness, emotional changes, nightmares, psychosis, headache, dizziness, vertigo, nystagmus, seizures, ataxia

Cardiovascular:
– Hypotension, ECG changes, cardiomyopathy

Dermatologic:
–    Pruritus, bleaching of hair. Alopecia, skin and mucosal pigmentation, skin eruptions, psoriasis, exfoliative dermatitis

EENT (Eyes, ears, nose, throat):
– retinal changes, corneal changes—edema, opacities, decreased sensitivity; ciliary body changes—disturbance of accommodation, blurred vision

Gastrointestinal:
– Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, loss of appetite

Hematologic:
– blood dyscrasias, immunoblastic lymphadenopathy, hemolysis in patients with G6PD deficiency.

These are just some of the many arthritis medications.

Continuous arthritis medications is a must.