RIDAURA (Auranofin)

RIDAURA (Auranofin)

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What is this medication?

Auranofin, Ridaura
Gold Compound

Auranofin, Ridaura is indicated for management of rheumatoid arthritis.

“Alert: Black Box Warning

Gold Toxicities
Auranofin contains gold and, like other gold-containing drugs, can cause gold toxicity, signs of which include: Fall in hemoglobin, leukopenia <4,000 WBC/mm3, granulocytes <1,500/mm3, decrease in platelets <150,000/mm3, proteinuria, hematuria, pruritus, rash, stomatitis or persistent diarrhea.”

How does this medication work? 

Auranofin, Ridaura is a gold compound that decrease cellular proliferation, reduce antibody and cytokine release, and inhibit collagenase action.

How should I take this medication?

Oral: 6mg to 9mg daily in divided doses.

How to Take:  Take with or without food.

What should I watch for while using this medication? 

Before starting Auranofin, Ridaura make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take.   Auranofin, Ridaura can cause serious dermatologic reactions (i.e. rash, exfoliative dermatitis, pruritis), gastrointestinal effects (i.e. nausea, vomiting, anorexia, ulcerative enterocolitis), hematologic effects, hepatic and renal impairment.  It is important that a physician who is experienced with chrysotherapy and familiar with the toxicity and benefits of the therapy should only prescribe and monitor patients on Auranofin, Ridura.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible.  However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose.  Do not take double or extra doses.

How should I store this medication?

Keep out of the reach of children at all times.  Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C).  Protect from light.  Keep the container tightly closed.  Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.

What are the possible side effects of using this medication?

Skin rash, pruritis, diarrhea, loose stools, abdominal pain, stomatitis.

Note this is not a complete list of side effects for Auranofin, Ridaura only common ones.