What kind of side effects occur by stopping cold turkey? I had to stop suddenly, but that was because the drug put me in the hospital. I haven't taken it since.
Craig, I don't know about Enbrel, but with Remicade, your body responds to the medication better when you have a secondary medication. Methotrexate was shown to have the best combination effect with Remicade. From what I am understanding, you body can get used to Remicade, but methotrexate helps from that happening. My brother in law started Remicade solo like I did, after a year or so, he added (reluctantly) methotrexate back in to his medication (pills, not injections.) He said he feels much better with the addition. The MTX helps your body to not reject Remicade and have some of the side effects you might incur while taking it.
Possibly, this is NOT the same case w/Enbrel, but I do not know. Plus, that info above was 2nd hand info from other patients telling me what their doctor told them and a little from my own doctor.
Maybe the doc and you can find a lower dosage that will work okay with you for now...also, can men take folic acid? When I was on MTX, the doctor had me taking a LOT of folic acid and B vitamins to help with some of the side effects of the medication. I'm certainly not pushing the drug - I refuse to take it after what I've been through...but, as my posts will show, I have a horrible immune system and all these drugs are making it worse! I know it's a big help to many others who do take it.
Good luck. Let us know what you decide.