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Generic Name: auranofin (aw RAN oh fin)
Brand Name: Ridaura
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Drug Information:
Ridaura is a form of gold that reduces some of the effects of the inflammatory process in the body. Ridaura is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Ridaura is usually given when other medications have been tried without successful treatment of symptoms. Ridaura will not reverse any cartilage or joint damage that has already occurred in your body. Ridaura may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide. You should not use this medication if you have ever had a severe reaction to gold therapy that affected your skin, lungs, bone marrow, blood cells, or your stomach or intestines. Learn more

Ridaura Side Effects

Ridaura Side Effects

Note: This document contains side effect information about auranofin. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Ridaura.

In Summary

Common side effects of Ridaura include: diarrhea, pruritus, skin rash, stomatitis, loose stools, nausea, and vomiting. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to auranofin: oral capsule


  • This drug has gold in it. This can cause severe and sometimes deadly side effects. Tell your doctor right away if you feel very tired or weak or if you have any unexplained bruising or bleeding, blood in the urine, itching, rash, mouth irritation or mouth sores, or severe diarrhea. Tell your doctor right away if you have any signs of infection like a fever, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, or a wound that will not heal.
  • Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of kidney problems like unable to pass urine, change in how much urine is passed, blood in the urine, or a big weight gain.
  • Black, tarry, or bloody stools.
  • Throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds.
  • Very bad belly pain.
  • Metallic taste.
  • Skin irritation.
  • Change in eyesight, eye pain, or very bad eye irritation.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Stomach pain or diarrhea.
  • Not hungry.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Stomach cramps.
  • Gas.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to auranofin: oral capsule


Very common (10% or more): Diarrhea/loose stools (47%), abdominal pain (14%),

stomatitis (may be manifested by shallow ulcers on the buccal membranes, on the borders of the tongue, and on the palate or in the pharynx) (13%), nausea/vomiting (10%)

Common (1% to 10%): %), Constipation, anorexia, flatulence, dyspepsia, dysgeusia, glossitis, gingivitis

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): GI bleeding, melena, blood in stool, ulcerative enterocolitis

Rare (less than 0.1%): Dysphagia

Frequency not reported: Metallic taste, dry mucus membrane, inflammatory bowel disease


Very common (10% or more): Rash (24%), pruritus (17%), dermatitis

Common (1% to 10%): Alopecia, urticaria

Frequency not reported: Photosensitivity, exfoliative dermatitis, chrysiasis


Common (1% to 10%): Conjunctivitis

Rare (less than 0.1%): Gold deposits in the lens or cornea unassociated clinically with eye disorders or visual impairment

Frequency not reported: Corneal lesion


Common (1% to 10%): Thrombocytopenia, anemia, leukopenia, eosinophilia

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Neutropenia

Rare (less than 0.1%): Aplastic anemia, agranulocytosis, pure red cell aplasia, pancytopenia


Common (1% to 10%): Proteinuria, hematuria

Frequency not reported: Nephrotic syndrome


Common (1% to 10%): Liver enzymes elevated

Rare (less than 0.1%): Jaundice


Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Bronchitis, interstitial pneumonitis, fibrosis

Frequency not reported: Progression of preexisting pulmonary disease

Nervous system

Rare (less than 0.1%): Peripheral neuropathy

Frequency not reported: Headache, dizziness, Bell's palsy


Frequency not reported: Ototoxicity

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by BestRx Medical Team Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Ridaura