I am allergic to sulfa, so sulfasalazine was never an option for me. I outright refused methotrexate because of the risks regarding pregnancy and I hope to get pregnant soon. I was never offered plaquenil.
My Rheumy wanted me on Remicade when I was first Dx. I also have Crohn's, which was under control at the time and I was concerned that if I started Remicade then, that I wouldn't have the option of using it later, if I needed it for my gut. I was also pretty worried about
the likelihood of an allergic reaction or antibody reaction to the murine protein. I can be very sensitive to meds that way. We debated the pros and cons of the biologic in general and I decided that I'd prefer to avoid them.
Three months later, barely able to walk, I returned and told the Rheumy that if biologics were my only option, I'd try Enbrel. I made that choice because my Crohn's was still under control and the other options, Remicade and Humira, are also used for Crohn's. I used the Enbrel for 14 months and did see some improvements between month 2 & 3. Unfortunately, I had some other medical problems which made a real improvement impossible to attain. Then, my insurance changed and so I needed a new Rheumy.
I saw 3, but none of them would script
Enbrel and so I've been without treatment for the last 18 months. I just switched Docs again and the ne one has script
ed Humira. Now, my Crohn's is no longer in control and I need the benefits of a med to treat both diseases. I chose Humira this time because it's more convenient for me to self inject instead of having to go in for infusions. It's just a matter of convenience for me.
I hope that whichever meds you choose bring you significant relief.
Keah a.k.a. Wormy
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