Posted 2/1/2023 7:16 PM (GMT -8)
It will be 7 years next month that my husband started on Xeljanz, and he still is in remission. He is finally down to 15 mg a day. Started flaring when he tried to go down to 10 mg a day, so staying at 15 and will probably try tapering down again at some point.
Has had elevated cholesterol, which is one reported side effect, though it went down a little now that he is at 15 mg. It was a level considered borderline high so no need to take medication for now.
Please please please be sure to go to dermatologist at least annually for a check. Your GI should be pushing you to do this. In his recent checkup, they found a small patch on his head of squamous cell skin cancer. He had it all removed and hopefully with close monitoring this will never become an issue. But it is a reported possible side effect so take it seriously.