Happy New Year everyone! My rhuemy just put me on Sulphasalalzine to help me go off of prednisone. I haven't been able to stop the prednisone after two years straight and, also, after about
18 months of pred shortly before that. So, three and a half years of pred with a 6 month break and she wants me off pred as soon as possible. It is easy to really need pred since it really helps my pain and inflammation problems from my RA and/or lupus issues.
I have taken the sulphasalalzine for three days now and it is supposed to take a few months to help. Has anyone tried this drug before? I also take plaquenil and arava. I had also been on methotrexate injections but they seemed to stop working so my rhuemy changed me to arava. Additionally, I take celebrex for my NSAID and methadone for pain in my joints and from my frequent kidney stones.
Recently, I have been really losing a lot of hair and my rheumy thinks it is from taking plaquenil for over four years now. In addition, the medication combination has really played havoc with my stomach and I really cannot eat very well since everything upsets my stomach now. I have reduced my caffiene intake this week (I started a new job last August and I have really been addicted to caffiene lately!) and this seems to be helping.
Any help or information is greatly appreciated!