Mthx raised my liver enzymes. I had an allergic reaction to Sulfasalazine. I had itchy injection site reactions with Kineret the first year, but it worked so well I didn't care.
I had lung issues with Rituxan, Actemra raised my cholesterol and kept me exhausted 24/7. Simponi I had no side effects, but it only worked 6 months. Xeljanz gave me flares in my ankles, and did not get rid of the flares elsewhere.
As for prednisone, that is my go-to drug. I've been on it for 19 months, and unless I can get mthx to work without raising my liver enzymes, I will be taking it the rest of my life. I have cataracts, but who knows if the prednisone caused that? My mom and dad both had cataracts removed in each eye, and neither one was ever on prednisone.
I had the idea that glaucoma is inherited. I am checked by an ophthalmologist yearly, and also for macular degeneration because I I have 4 aunts on my father's side who have it. Most of them are legally blind now.
I prefer side effects to the flares and exhaustion of RA, any day. But then, my RA is severe!
"More than that, we rejoice in our suffering, knowing that suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character and character produces hope. And hope does not disappoint, because God's love has been poured out through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us." Romans 5:3-5