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Having bad RA flare ups 2 weeks after Actemra (tocilizumab) IV. Medication starts to wear off sooner since starting 6 mon ago. Please help, no meds work anymore.

Having bad RA flare ups 2 weeks after Actemra (tocilizumab) IV. Medication starts to wear off sooner since starting 6 mon ago. Please help, no meds work anymore.

Maybe under treated!: I use Actemra, an IL-6 inhibitor with other drugs, including MTX subcutaneous, sulphasalazine, and other drugs in combination. I rarely use a biologic solo! Have your doc get a CRP and assess inflammation. Pain has many causes. The goal is to stop inflammation, which has long term cardiovascular consequences! ...Read more

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I'm switching to actemra (tocilizumab) and have terrible veins. What are the chances i'll eventually need a port? Thank you :)

I'm switching to actemra (tocilizumab) and have terrible veins.  What are the chances i'll eventually need a port?  Thank you :)

Option!: Actemra is now available in a subcutaneous form. That should allay your fears. Here is the release info!

www.roche.com/media/store/releases/med-cor-2013-10-22.htm ...Read more

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My wife has ra she just started actemra injection 2 months ago and ever since that she developed vitiligo . She wants to stop injection before it spreads more and more.

My wife has ra she just started actemra injection 2 months ago and ever since that she developed vitiligo . She wants to stop injection before it spreads more and more.

Vitilgo is autoimmun: Autoimmune diseases run in packs. Almost everyone with autoimmune thynroid disease as neck vitiligo! And my bias is that it is not from the Actemra! ...Read more

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I had my 1st actemra (tocilizumab) infusion last december.I need to have that medication for 6 months but don't have money to continue it, any cheaper medication?

I had my 1st actemra (tocilizumab) infusion last december.I need to have that medication for 6 months but don't have money to continue it, any cheaper medication?

Most people with RA: Do not need biologics. Other drugs available in combination can usually give equivalent results! They cost much, much less! ...Read more

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On actemra (tocilizumab) IV(dose increase in dec)and methotrexate for 5 mon now but still having bad flare ups. Tried humira,enbrel,etc. since diagnosis in Dec 2013?

On actemra (tocilizumab) IV(dose increase in dec)and methotrexate for 5 mon now but still having bad flare ups. Tried humira,enbrel,etc. since diagnosis in Dec 2013?

Your question is?: Your have not asked a question. This issue needs to be discussed with your rheumatologist. No one can give you specific advice over the internet without a complete history and exam. ...Read more