Cyclosporine for RA & Psoriasis

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Jemima Puddleduck
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   Posted 2/15/2007 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm wondering if anyone has been treated with CYCLOSPORINE for RA or Psoriasis. If so, what kind of success did you have with it. What side effects did you experience, if any? This is the latest Rx to be added to M's medicine cabinet. M. has had a rough few weeks, but because the pain/inflamation was so bad M decided to go back on the REMICADE (which he went off because it caused severe PSORIASIS). Along with the REMICADE (which has been upped by 200mg to 600mg*) he is going to have CYCLOSPORINE and continue with 10mg PREDNISONE/daily & 20mg METHOTREXATE/once a week. Hopefully this combination will work on both the RA & Psoriasis.
Any input gratefully appreciated. Hope all are feeling better that were feeling rough and that everyone else keeps on an even keel without more symptoms/pain/etc.
Take care.
*Thank you Erin for for straightening me out on dosage, was having a"senior" moment! :-)   

Post Edited (Jemima Puddleduck) : 2/15/2007 9:50:57 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/15/2007 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   
do you mean your son has 600mg infused?
i was on cyclosprine AX for a few months in 2003 for joint pain related to RA by my neurologist. it made my joints hurt worse at first...then after a week it was alright.
i wish you boy all of the best.
take care
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Jemima Puddleduck
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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 2/15/2007 9:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Erin, yes REMICADE 600mg infused. I couldn't remember what the dosage was when I posted but looking back see that it was 400mg at first. Then last Dec. 500mg and when starting this time up, 600mg. He was feeling much better today, was able to go to work but was extremely tired. Had his first dose of CYCLOSPORINE tonight. Goes back Mar 1 for next infusion and then every 4 weeks. It used to wear off during the 3rd week so hope it lasts longer.
I'm hoping to get to go home next week...last there in mid-December. I've missed a trip to the UK with my hubby! He's there now. sad
I pray this works for MJ because his life stinks right now. I pray for everyone that suffers.
Take care,
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