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bits
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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 7/18/2008 6:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I have just begun Enbrel injections, 25 mg twice weekly. Does or has anyone used this? What has been the outcome? I am using it for RA. Hope to hear feedback.

BabZ
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 74
   Posted 7/20/2008 10:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bits,

Ive used Enbrel....and basically it does help you...and sometimes it take a few treatments to get the full effects of the drug, but once it kicks in, it defintiely makes a difference...

The draw backs are....Lower immune resistance...so basically try to stay away from people with a cold, beucase a persons common cold, can be your walking Pneumonia....another draw back is sometimes upon injecting the medicine you may see some bruising or itching.which is normal...but annoying...at times...like with anything else...there is pros and cons about everything we take...

So hopefully you will have more positve then the negative...Good luck and let us know how you are doing...

ciao
Babz

momto3
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   Posted 7/21/2008 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   

I have been on Enbrel (off and on) for close to 6 months and yes it does work when  you take it.  I take it twice a week, but there have been a couple of times I have had infections like right now I have a bladder infection that went to the kidneys within a couple of days so I'm on antibiotics and since you have to take the Enbrel along with MTX, there are only certain antibiotics you can take so it can be a bit of a pain, but yes when I take it, I feel great, get on the treadmil great!

When I stop it, it only takes a few days for me to go downhill pretty fast! I hope more will post there experiences with Enbrel.  Good luck to you.


LBJ
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   Posted 7/24/2008 6:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Why do you have to take Enbrel with MTX??? I'm on MTX but not Enbrel.
Living with Crohn's Disease since Jan./2000 but had a few years prior
I'm a true Crohnie with IBS and Arthrities too
 
Meds I have tried:  Too many to list- LOL
Meds currently on:  Prednisone 20mg tapering
                           Methotrexate injections once a week 25mg
                           Folic Acid 5mg once a week
                           Wellbutrin
No Surgeries
 


sjkly
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   Posted 7/24/2008 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
LBJ you don't have to take them together but there is a lot of research that says enbrel works better if you are also taking mtx. If mtx by itself fails enbrel is usually the next addition.

LBJ
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   Posted 7/25/2008 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
sjkly said...
LBJ you don't have to take them together but there is a lot of research that says enbrel works better if you are also taking mtx. If mtx by itself fails enbrel is usually the next addition.
Ohh ok.  Thanks sjkly!!!  :-)
Living with Crohn's Disease since Jan./2000 but had a few years prior
I'm a true Crohnie with IBS and Arthrities too
 
Meds I have tried:  Too many to list- LOL
Meds currently on:  Prednisone 20mg tapering
                           Methotrexate injections once a week 25mg
                           Folic Acid 5mg once a week
                           Wellbutrin
No Surgeries
 


Alicat
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 226
   Posted 8/18/2008 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   

I had two injections of Enbrel and was due for one today.  Saturday noticed a sligt rash around both injection sites and yesterday both developed into huge red, raised welts (the one I had two weeks ago is the size of a baseball) and warm to the touch.  Called the doctor's office and will see her today.  The nurse said she would probably switch me to Humira.

I have psoriatic arthritis and my right hand is very deformed.  Have pain and swelling in hands, feet and knees and occasional pain in shoulder.  Also recently got a sac of fluid on my elbow (they won't drain it unless infected).

I'm so scared of these new injectable drugs.  I've been treating myself for years with Alleve twice a day.    Went to a reumatologist years ago and had reactions to methotrexate, cellebrex.  Next option was the Enbrel and I refused it.   Now the damage is getting really bad and don't know whether to keep trying these new drugs or do the best I can till I'm crippled.

Also have significant peripheal artery disease.   Have a cousin who dropped dead a few months ago.   He had been on Enbrel for quite some time.

Anyone know if there is a connection between Enbrel or Humira and artery disease or heart attacks.

 

Thanks

 

Alicat


elcamino
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Date Joined Sep 2005
Total Posts : 1744
   Posted 8/19/2008 4:51 AM (GMT -7)   

Alicat,

Injection site reactions are common not just for enbrel, but for any of the injectables.  I started on humira and then switched to enbrel.  I also got red welts around the injection sites.  You can be prescribed a steroid cream that will help, if the sites hurt at all.  Mine actually went away once my body got used to the enbrel (after about a month). 

I don't think peripheral arterial disease is contraindicated in the use of the biologics, like enbrel.  I believe congestive heart failure is, though.  As long as your rheumatologist is aware of your condition, and your PAD symptoms don't get worse, you should be ok.  I'm sure it's scary, though, to know that your cousin died of PAD--his death wasn't linked to the enbrel, was it? 

 

Elcamino


Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Methotrexate, nexium, tramadol, nasonex,Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan, zyrtec, zegerid, aciphex

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