by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR
Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.
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Serendipity is what first lead to the use of gold to treat arthritis.
Initially, gold was tested as a treatment for tuberculosis; however, it was observed that gold had beneficial effects in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
Gold was used extensively until the early 1980’s when it was supplanted by methotrexate as the disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) of choice. (DMARDS are drugs that slow down the progression of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as opposed to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that merely help with symptoms.) More recently, biologic treatments have also entered the arena and are capable of putting RA into remission.
Gold treatment, while often effective, also was associated with many adverse issues. The shots took months to take effect and side effects included rashes, mouth sores, kidney damage, inflammation of the lung, and occasionally, damage to the bone marrow causing life-threatening reductions in the number of red and white blood cell counts and platelet counts.
While used rarely, it may be an option in patients who are refractory to all other therapies. Gold is given as either Myochrisine or Solganol. Both types of drugs are hard to find. At the time of this writing they are almost impossible to get because the companies who manufacture them have discontinued making the products.
A patient initially receives an intramuscular injection (usually in the buttocks) of 10 mgs. The next dose given one week later is 25 mgs in the opposite buttock. If the patient has no side effects, they are then given 50 mgs in alternate buttocks on a weekly basis. When they come in for an injection, they have a complete blood count and urinalysis performed to check for side effects. It takes about 20 weeks before it is clear whether gold will be effective. If a patient develops a side effect, gold is discontinued. If a patient goes into remission, gold injections are gradually spread out until they are given at once a month intervals.
Concomitant therapies such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and low dose corticosteroids are helpful.
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