Auranofin is a form of gold that reduces some of the effects of the inflammatory process in the body.
Auranofin is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
Auranofin is usually given when other medications have been tried without successful treatment of symptoms.
Auranofin will not reverse any cartilage or joint damage that has already occurred in your body.
itching or skin rash;
white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips;
pain or swelling in your gums or tongue, metallic taste in your mouth;
severe or ongoing diarrhea;
severe nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps;
pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding;
blood in your urine;
weakness or fainting;
black, bloody, or tarry stools; or
coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
Less serious side effects of auranofin may include:
mild stomach pain or upset;
gas, bloating; or
loss of appetite.