Enbrel, here we come....

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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 3/2/2006 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I just got back from a visit with my rheumatologist.  He agrees that Humira should have shown some effects by now (it's been 3 months), but he also said that normally it takes about 6 months.  He's switching me to Enbrel; he says that it is also a TNF-inhibitor, but it has a different process than humira and remicade.  He also said there were 2 other drugs (didn't mention names, but I'm sure that Orencia was one of them) that were just approved for RA, but he wants me to try ENbrel first because it is self-injection.  The other drugs are transfusion only.
I'm excited and so very hopeful that Enbrel will be the magic elixir.  I'm so tired of being tired and hurting.

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 3/2/2006 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck!
My experience with this disease is nothing is quick, except flares.
Be patient and stay positive. There seems to be a lot going on with Autoimmune Diseases like RA, if this is not your drug, something will be.

always hoping for success, but prepared otherwise ... Craig

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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 3/2/2006 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Woo-hoo! When do you start your injections? Good luck, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you... Duck
Diagnosed January 2005 - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis
-Currently taking 50mg shot weekly of Enbrel
Diagnosed May 1998 - Graves Disease
-Complete Thyroidectomy September 1998 - While 11 weeks pregnant
Other Complications - GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots

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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 3/2/2006 11:53 PM (GMT -6)   

Good luck...let me know how it goes....my rhuemy still things Enbrel is the way to go for me, but I can't seem to kick my constant illnesses and infections...



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