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Table 3 Summary of the side effects of disease modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) therapy identified by patients within the study

From: “Living a normal life”: a qualitative study of patients’ views of medication withdrawal in rheumatoid arthritis

Organ system Side-effect
Gastrointestinal Nausea, vomiting, heartburn, hepatitis, bowel disturbance
Skin Rash, bruising, stinging at injection site (biologics), hair loss
General health Fatigue, mood swings, weight gain
Miscellaneous Increased infection risk, blood cell abnormalities, change in urine colour, possible increased cancer risk