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Citric acid/ rheumatoid arthritis

03/28/2006

Question:

ihave had severe rheumatoid arthritis for about 8 months and conditions are made alot worse if i have anything to eat or drink which contains citric acid is this normal and is there anything i can take to counteract this.

Answer:

The only possible solution would be to not drink or eat foods containing citric acid.  You should follow-up with your rheumatologist to make sure that your rheumatoid arthritis is being optimally treated.  Additional therapy may attenuate your reactions to citric acid.

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Response by:

Jonathan   Bernstein, MD Jonathan Bernstein, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati