What is Ridaura?

Ridaura (auranofin) is an affordable prescription medicine used to treat adults with certain types of arthritis. This medicine may help decrease joint pain and swelling due to arthritis. It may also help reduce how often you need to see your healthcare provider for arthritis check-ups.

Ridaura

Health Benefits

Ridaura is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). This type of medicine works by blocking certain natural substances in your body to reduce pain and swelling.

Side Effects

The most common side effects of Ridaura are:

upset stomach

diarrhea

constipation

gas

heartburn

nausea

vomiting

dizziness

You should call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following serious side effects:

black, tarry stools

bloody vomit or vomit that looks like coffee grounds

chest pain or shortness of breath with or without heartburn (may be signs of a heart attack)

Dosage and Administration

Ridaura is available as a 3 mg gold tablet. The recommended dose is 3 mg once daily, taken with food.

If you miss a dose of Ridaura, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at your regular time. Do not take 2 doses of Ridaura at the same time.

Drug Interactions

Ridaura can interact with other medicines. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins,

and herbal supplements. Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take blood thinners or steroids.

Do not take NSAIDs, including Ridaura, if you have had an asthma attack, hives, or other allergic reaction with aspirin or any other NSAID.

Ridaura may affect how well some other medicines work. If you are taking Ridaura with another medicine that could affect your kidneys,

your healthcare provider should do blood tests to check your kidney function before and during treatment.

You should not take Ridaura if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Ridaura will harm your unborn baby.

You should not take Ridaura if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if this medicine passes into your breast milk and may harm your baby.

You should not take Ridaura if you have had an asthma attack, hives, or other allergic reaction with aspirin or any other NSAID.

Do not take NSAIDs, including Ridaura, if you have had an asthma attack, hives, or other allergic reaction with aspirin or any other NSAID.

Mechanism of Action

Ridaura belongs to a class of medicines called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). A class of medicines is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.

Ridaura works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body.

Pharmacokinetics

Ridaura is a gold complex of aurano- tin(IV) and the thiomalate salt of 2-hydroxyethyl disulfide. It has the following chemical structure:

Ridaura is rapidly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract after oral administration and is distributed to tissues. Plasma protein binding is approximately 99%. The mean peak plasma concentration (Cmax) of Ridaura is achieved within 1 to 2 hours (tmax) postdose.

Ridaura is metabolized in the liver by conjugation with glutathione and excreted in the urine and feces as mercapturic acids. The elimination half-life (t1/2) of Ridaura is 12 hours.

Alternatives to Ridaura

There are other drugs available to treat your condition. Some may be better suited for you than others. Talk to your healthcare provider about other options that may work for you.