Enbrel alternatives

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Avatar n tn Doctors prescribe these drugs because they feel the benefits outweigh the risks. There are alternatives to Enbrel, but they come with potential side effects, too. Many people take this drug and experience a such a vast improvement in their symptoms that they cannot imagine being without it. 2. One of the doctors told me that the symptoms will go away on their own within 2 to 6 months. Shall I just wait this period and suffer through the pain to avoid taking the Enbrel?
Avatar n tn I may have made a mistake in not taking the Enbrel injections, but that's history. Later, I did research Enbrel out, and like you say, it appears to be liver friendly as systemics go. In fact, there was an old study that tried to prove that Enbrel actually facilitated SVR, but no follow-up on the study, so I guess it fizzled for one reason or another.
394687 tn?1290924440 There are risks with this drug but I have no other alternatives as the Enbrel has stopped working and I have tried all the other RA meds with no relief. I will try the Enbrel one more time tomorrow night and pray it doesn't floor me again - as I am already bed ridden. There is a box warning about virus infection re-occurrence in Rituxan but no contraindication. I need to research this - My Rheumy needs approval from my Hepatologist in order to start it.
Avatar f tn There seems to be no strict diagnostic guidelines for Behçet's Disease, thus if the international study group dx guidelines (clinical criteria and pathergy test as mentioned by redstar) are followed or not, the fact remains that there are no fool-proof pathological tests for Behçet's Disease dx. As I was researching ENBREL- an anti TNF drug also used to treat Behçet's Disease- to come-up with natural alternatives, I indirectly arrived at some interesting observations.
1603392 tn?1391190272 Drug interactions 4. Safer and/or natural alternatives 5. Long term implications --- Enbrel is a biologic, with immunosuppressive properties and it works as a Tumor Necrosis Factor inhibitor. It is very expensive everywhere in the world. I have come up with a substitute, a nutritional and supplementary protocol, designed to address the inflammatory damaging effects of TNF, but without the immunosuppressive effects of biologics.
Avatar n tn I am surprised that I would get this bladder cancer without any major symptoms and am worried about how long it might have been present in the bladder. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis for about 8 years for which I take Enbrel injection and Salagen for dry mouth. My appointment with the Urologist is coming up in 2 days and from past experience, I know that he does not like to talk much, but pretty much tends to summarize things in two or three minutes.
Avatar m tn I've been looking around and came up with the Dopler Ultrasonography test that says it enables the examiner to look at the coronary arteries and to see if there is any narrowing or partial blockage. Why expose a patient to radiation if there are other alternatives? I received a response to my question from an M.D. at The Cleveland Clinic and he said "an Exercise Stress Echo would be an excellent choice in my case", as there is no risk of radiation exposure.
268911 tn?1213748381 HI, i have RA also, all through my body...the best thing that happened to me was Enbrel. It is a self injection and it is really expensive. I have a drug plan but i was told that sometimes they have a program to help people who can't afford it. I am in Canada so it might be different but it did change my life. By expensive i mean 5000.00 for 6 weeks...thank goodness for drug plans...
Avatar m tn Thus I don't recommend it in North America where alternatives are available, but there are many practitioners who use ozone treatment of blood, returning the treated blood back slowly by IV line. Again, strong adverse reactions have been seen in a few patients, so caution must be exercised. Diet is important.
Avatar n tn One doctor wanted to start me on an injectible biologic called Enbrel (etanercept). But we're reserving that as a last resort. I'm not crazy about the adding another potent drug to my hep c tx although some preliminary work has been done with Enbrel and Hep C. In any event, based on a recent skin biopsy, some of the "psoriasis" now turns out possibly to be cutaneous t-cell lymphoma, a form of non-hodgkins lymphoma. It could also be mixed up with something called Lichen Planus.
320078 tn?1278348320 I can't see anyone giving up tx after 22 weeks so in my mind I can only think of alternatives. I don't understand why medical professionals are so set on 180 mcg of Peg and 1200 of riba. I know I'm new here maybe I just don't realize the importance, except for one other thing. If you've been UND for a number of weeks haven't some people, even on this forum rec'd a discount from the 48 weeks to 36 weeks? Just trying to help.
394687 tn?1290924440 So what do they give me - yep more drugs - Norflex - prednisone - soma - darvacette - antiinflams (relefin and clinerol) Xanax, zolpft and lorazipam, prilosec....and all the suppliments. Oh and starting back on the enbrel again and looking into the Rituxan.... gezz I'm a walking medicine cabinet...or time bomb,,,and to think I was naturalist who wouldn't even eat meat let alone do drugs...my what pain will do to you huh?
Avatar m tn Tumeric natural remedies because I had read many good thing about these natural alternatives so I am going to give them a try. I'm also going to the grocery store tonight and will begin making and drinking the "Green Smoothie" because I also read that all of the processed food, sugars and all the other crap we eat is making us all sick. My spine is so sick that I wonder everyday if today is the day I can't take it anymore and just end it all. It's no way to live your life.
Avatar m tn Also great advice about seeking conventional treatment for HCV instead of alternatives. Some heated discussions have taken place in this forum regarding "snake oil" cures. No reason not to treat now with the new drugs. The odds are better with shorter durations. Should be a no brainer......
Avatar f tn I am a 39 year old female with chronic pain issues. I have Fibromyalgia & Psoriatic arthritis. Not much of anything I have taken throughout the years has ever really helped my fibro. I am on medication for my arthritis & that does seem to help my chronic chest pain, however because the meds lower my immune system I am always having to stop the meds due to being exposed to illness or actually getting sick & then starting them again...
Avatar n tn Thank you for any imput you may have as for what for me to do. Oh, and Im on Enbrel. (doc its a shot I give myself 2 times a week) for the arthritis! Oh, so much fun!!!!!
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Avatar f tn I can so relate to you and your situation - I had an ablation about 5 years ago after having a tubal after the birth of my fourth child (the only one via c-section - 12 years ago) . . . I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and I take Enbrel for that. I have had post-ablation, post-ligation syndrome for 3-1/2 years - my OB/GYN had put me on low estrogen birth control pills and had me taking the suppression cycle pills only.
Avatar n tn Eat healthy, get rid of as many chemicals in the house and switch to more natural products (ie. cleaning, body care ect). I studied natural alternatives, essential oils, massage, yoga, meditation, Reiki. I finally quit taking my last and final medication… my anti depressant a few months ago. My doctor had a fit saying that all of the symptoms I am experiencing is because I have a chronic disease, hepc, and with chronic diseases you always have depression.
Avatar n tn There are a few things that have been helping me - I take the Biogenetic Rituxan infusions every 6 months (Enbrel use to work) I take a gambet of vitamins and brain food (Q-10, amenio acids, enzymes, omegas, lipids etc) They seem to help...but the best thing for the fatigue by far is Consortea (an ADHD drug) I split a 36 mg 4 ways and take every 4 hrs. I also take 1/2 darvacet several times a day and 5mg prednisone.
Avatar n tn I am on day 4 of being clean of a 2 year codeine (nurofen plus) habit. I saw my local GP who is also an acupuncurist. He gave me a list of alternatives - cold turkey, acupuncture and methadone. I went with acupunture. Having gone through withdrawals several times before i didn't want to go cold turkey and decided to give the acupunture a go. I have been used as a pin cushion the last three days and it has helped in a very big way. One of my biggest problems in the past is the aches.