I was on arava for a while to boost plaquenil. It helped quite a bit, but after about
a year, I started having issues with high blood pressure. Everyone swore it couldn't be the arava. My BP rose for about
10 months until I ended up in ER one day. I decided to stop the med and things got better within 4 days. Granted, I'm quite overweight and that didn't help...but it was definitely the meds that was causing it b/c I'm still overweight
I know...not good....but I don't have a BP issue anymore.
Just be aware of your body when on all meds and don't take the doctor's word that side effects are impossible.
It turns out that high BP is now a documented side-effect of Arava. When I first started researchinig it, I could find nothing to confirm my concern. Around the time I finally quit taking it, I did find documentation on it on the web.