Please help , What effect is sulfasalazine supposed to have? Joints seem to be getting worse
I was recently diagnosed with RA and am currently on two sulfasalazine tablets a day, I have my first appointment with a rheumatology nurse on Tuesday.
They mentioned the full does of the tablet will be 6 a day so I am building up to that but what effect does sulfasalazine have on you? I still wake up with painful hands, feet, knees and now my neck hurts as well although that usually passes after the first couple of hours of the day. Is sulfasalazine supposed to take away the pain or has it got a different purpose and should I be on painkillers as well?
I know I’m not on the full dose yet but I had hoped that by starting these meds I would stop having my RA symptoms and be pain free, currently I’ve only been taking them for 4 weeks so when I’ve been taking them longer will I stop having pain? At the moment my fingers are just as sore and swollen as when I wasn’t taking the meds.
Any advice or personal experience is appreciated.