What is Ridaura?Ridaura is a medicine used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, in patients who have not responded to other medications to treat this condition.
What is the most important information I should know about Ridaura?Ridaura contains gold and may cause gold toxicity. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following signs and symptoms: blood in your urine, itching, metallic taste, swelling of your mouth or lips, persistent diarrhea, or rash. In addition, your doctor will monitor your blood counts while you are receiving Ridaura.
Usually, signs of improvement in rheumatoid arthritis may be seen 3-4 months after starting treatment with Ridaura, but in some people it may take as long as 6 months.
Who should not take Ridaura?Do not take Ridaura if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients. In addition, do not take Ridaura if you have experienced previous reactions or disorders from taking other gold-containing medicines.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Ridaura?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Ridaura. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have had a previous reaction to gold medicines, or are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: The usual recommended dose is 6 milligrams (mg) once a day (given as either 3 mg twice a day or 6 mg once a day). Your doctor will adjust your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.
How should I take Ridaura?Take Ridaura exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
What should I avoid while taking Ridaura?Avoid excess exposure to sunlight as this can cause or aggravate a rash.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Ridaura?If Ridaura is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Ridaura may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking.
What are the possible side effects of Ridaura?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: abdominal pain, anorexia, blood or protein in your urine, constipation, diarrhea, elevated liver enzymes, gas, hair loss, inflammation of your mouth, itching, low blood counts, nausea, "pink eye", rash, taste disturbances, vomiting
Can I receive Ridaura if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Do not use Ridaura if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Ridaura?If you miss a dose of Ridaura, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store Ridaura?Store at room temperature.