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istone
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 1/31/2007 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
 
hi
i was to inf and she gave me doxy and prednison for 2 months
do u think is worth? cos u said u failed ATX and u started enbrel now?
do u have some improvement from enbrel? pls tell me what i have to do im lost i dont know what to do ? i cant afford enbrel maybe sulfa.. and sulfa is so bad
pls answer me i need help

CaMama
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   Posted 2/1/2007 10:07 AM (GMT -7)   

I'm not on Enbrel - but a lot of people here have and had great results from it. If you can find a way to afford it (there is help out there for it as well, someone might have the info for you) it is probably worth a shot.  Prednisone can really mess you up - but if you have extreme swelling, it might be a good idea to take for a short time. A lot of people use here as well - I cannot tolerate it. I answered the sulphasalizine post for you already. I' not sure if it is working, I'm having a hard time adjusting to it this time around.....I was fine on it years ago, but it's tougher to get used to this time around.

Good luck.


 


EveSasser
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   Posted 2/4/2007 10:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, just saw your post. Antibiotics are used to treat an active infection that has triggered reactive arthritis. Most people find that antibiotics don't help cure the underlying disease. Enbrel does help me, but it is given as an off label use for reactive arthritis. That means that it may be hard to obtain unless you have another qualifying type of arthritis. I have the clinical profile of someone with ankylosing spondylitis and that is why my insurance company paid for it without my having to try other drugs first. If you are in pain and suffering it is worth the effort to try and see if your insurance company will cover the cost. If you don't have the funds to pay for it, the company that makes Enbrel has a special program for patients to help those without financial resources who need the medication. I hope you find some relief soon.
 
Also, it's not a great idea to be on steroids long-term. Some people get relief from Arava, another DMARD. If you get the generic form of Arava, it is very inexpensive. It can take a couple of months to kick in, but it might work if you cannot get Enbrel.

Eve

Post Edited (EveSasser) : 2/4/2007 10:33:19 PM (GMT-7)

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