Thank you ALL! There are pro's and cons for both drugs and I appreciate the feedback. MORE PLEASE. I will say this much for Retuxan, my best friend had lymphoma and it was a brand new drug. He had relapsed on the other drugs, took this one, felt so great when he got it that he played racquetball on those days and is cancer free, like cured!!!! Orencia, dang it, is more convenient but I don't know if it works for sure with Sjogrens. I need more input before I can move forward. All feedback, good or bad is needed. This is a scary process. Theresa, what did the doc tell you about
side effects? Did he paint the whole scary picture? My Rheumy is pushing Retuxan. God knows I would like a semi normal life...
Current Diagnosis-Serum Negative Poly Migratory Rheumatoid Arthritis, Serum Negative Sjogrens Syndrome (eyes, sinus, mouth, Possible Chronic Pancreas involvement), Chronic Pancreatitis, Acid Reflux, Depression.
Current Meds-Remicade (max dose, shortest time), Methotrexate 5 mg once weekly, Folic Acid daily, Lorazepam 2 mg at night, Lisinopril, Citalapram, Lipitor, Prednisolone Ophthalmic acetate, Pilocar 4% (1 drop oral 4 x daily), Tylenol PM at night, Prednisone (as needed), Oxycodone (as needed).
Testing/Surgeries-Sinus (twice) from reoccurring infections, Cataract surgery in both eyes from long term Prednisone use, Endoscopy 3 x (once with ultrasound), Colonoscopy, monthly blood work.
Current Issues-Bladder Infection, Sinus Infection, Salivary Glands Infection-on antibiotic #6!. Remicade no longer works after 4 years. Issues with vision being blurred and out of focus. Night vision has suffered.