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Chronic Fatigue: The Ultimate Enemy of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Adjusting your medication

There are several ways that medications can affect your fatigue levels. They can either reduce your symptoms, which could improve quality, or they can present side effects that can trigger chronic fatigue and weakness. Keep in mind that certain over-the-counter cold and allergy medications, as well as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, can trigger dizziness, drowsiness or sleepiness.

Still, each individual is unique and there is no ‘one size fits all’ prescription for any condition or symptom. You can experience side effects of a medication days or weeks after starting it or your body may develop a tolerance for the medication over time. In any case, it is important to speak with your doctor about any specific medications that you may be taking to keep your active RA under control. Together, you can find the right combination of drugs and dosages that will provide you with the best results and good night’s sleep.