What Does Xeljanz Do to the Body?
Xeljanz is intended to decrease pain/tenderness/swelling in the joints. The drug may also be prescribed to treat a bowel disease called ulcerative colitis. Xeljanz helps reduce symptoms of ulcerative colitis including diarrhea, rectal bleeding, and stomach pain.
How Does it Work?
Xeljanz belongs to a class of drugs known as Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors. These medications work by blocking the action of Janus kinase enzymes, which are involved in the inflammation that causes the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.
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How Does Xeljanz Make You Feel?
In addition to the serious side effects associated with long-term use of Xeljanz, the drug may cause the following common Xeljanz side effects in certain patients:
- Upper respiratory infections, such as the common cold
- Increased cholesterol levels
- High blood pressure
How Long Can You Stay on Xeljanz?
Most patients are prescribed Xeljanz 10 mg twice daily for at least 8 weeks; then 5 mg twice daily. A higher dose of 10 mg twice daily can be continued for up to 16 weeks, depending on the patient's response.
Does Xeljanz Cause Weight Gain?
No. Xeljanz and Xeljanz XR don't specifically cause weight gain or weight loss in most patients. However, serious side effects of Xeljanz, or the patient's condition itself, may cause unexplained weight loss. For example, weight loss can result from diarrhea, serious infections, and cancer.
Can I Stop Taking Xeljanz Cold Turkey?
You should never stop using Xeljanz or any other prescription medication without talking to your doctor first. Quitting Xeljanz abruptly may cause the symptoms of your condition to return. However, some patients are able to stop Xeljanz without their symptoms flaring up.
What is the Safest Drug for Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Methotrexate (Otrexup, Rasuvo, RediTrex) is widely regarded as one of the safest of all arthritis drugs, though it may cause serious side effects in some patients. Gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea and vomiting are its most frequent side effects.
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