I was surfing a website which listed the arthritis medications which are currently in use and it listed a few that are no longer in use - in particular Gold Injections caught my eye. I was on Gold Injections back in the day - way back in 1991 - 1992. And now they discover they are not effective in the treatment of RA. Hmmm.
I went to my GP's office twice a week for over a year I would go to give a urine sample one day - they would rush it to the lab. The next day I showed up, and after a quick scan of my labs, I would get my shot. It was a pain in the butt (haha, it was an IM injection - typically in my glute). I was taking the injections in combination with another DMARD (can't remember which one, see extensive list below). Clearly the gold wasn't pulling its weight, as it is now found that Gold is ineffective in the treatment of RA.
Thinking back on all of my drugs over the past 18+ years, I seem to have been around the block once or twice. Sulphasalazine, Methotrexate, Arava (only a short time, the side effects and time I needed to be off it before conceiving scared me), Plaquenil (the most bitter tasting drug - ever), Imuran, Naproxen, Prednisone, Enbrel. Hmmm. Quite the list.
My current combo of Enbrel, Voltaren, Methotrexate and 1 mg of Prednisone seems to be ok for now. Writing this entry was like taking a trip down memory lane - revisiting old friends I met along my RA path. Whew, there are a lot of them...