That's a big fact - everyone reacts to each med differently, what works great for some, doesn't do a darn thing for others. You just have to "try and see" with them...and some, like plaquenil ARE subtle and do take a while to kick in.
I found a list of my recent problems on a web site as side effects of Arava, including the high BP. Considering I've already been hospitalized from bad reactions to 2 other meds (methotrexate and Remicade), I'm guessing there is a VERY good chance Arava is the culprit. I've decided to stop immediately, I just can't afford to chance yet another drug I think might be causing me problems. I have 2 young children. I called and left a message for my *new* rheumy...found out he's a guy I used to see and he's the worst when it comes to not believing ANY drug gives side-effects. Bummer. He urged me to stick with Remicade, so I did, and finally after 5 months of pneumonia, flares coming after the infusion instead of getting better, and another job lost due to health, I stopped taking it. The question is, should I demand I get that powder that helps get Arava out of your system quickly? Will that help me get better quicker or has the damage already been done? By getting it out of my system quickly, will that cause me to flare really bad soon after?
Retrn - I only take 1 10mg pill of Arava for the same reasons...20mg was too much for me...but I'm hypersensitive...I take children's cold medicine often instead of the adult dose.