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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.
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
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
Severe RA. Dr. prescribed Actemra (tocilizumab) inj. Plaqunil. Methotrexate. Sulfasalazine. Norco. Folic acid. What 2 watch out for? Any concerns from theses drugs?
All drugs have: Side-effects, but this combination is usually well tolerated! ...Read more
I'm switching to actemra (tocilizumab) and have terrible veins. What are the chances i'll eventually need a port? Thank you :)
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
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.
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
My wife takes 2 Cimzia injections Once a month for RA. Her doctor just changed it to Actemra injection which is one injection Once a week. Her last injection of cimzia was 18 days ago. Should she wait 30 days before she takes her new injection or no?
No: The usual method is to start the Actemra 2 weeks after the last Cimzia dose ...Read more
Not effective: Medications start losing effectiveness once they expire. It is just like food which starys to degrade or spoil after the expiration date. It is a good idea only to take meds before the expiration date. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Latuda (lurasidone)?: I'm not sure, but might you have mis-spelled something and actually mean latuda (lurasidone)? This is an atypical antipsychotic medication, often used in bipolar I disorder (especially bipolar depression) and schizophrenia with hallucinations, delusions, and thought disorder. ...Read more
Sunscreen: If you tend to develop freckles, you'll discover they're less prominent if you use sunscreen, which is something that everybody should do anyway. There's no pill for this. If you talk with your genuine friends / people you might date, most will tell you that your freckles are just one of many things that they like about you. Why not embrace your genetic heritage? Photo Lady looks great. Best wishe ...Read more
Cervilane?: This drug is available in a number of countries. It is an ergot derivative used as a vasodilator. For a drug to be sold in the us it must pass rigorous fda testing and retesting phases before it can come to market. This can add up to millions an d millions of dollars which the manufacturer may not want to invest depending on how big a market the us represents. It is often a matter of economics. ...Read more
It depends: Pain medication in general is given to help control a variety of pain types. Not all pain medication is narcotic. Specifically narcotics are indicated for severe pain before, during and after surgery and for cancer pain. The use of narcotics beyond that is a decision your doctor will need to make. Other types of pain medication include non steroidal anti inflammatory and mood stabilizers. ...Read more
Awwww, no. Sorry.: This could be a hot song title! There are Drs who might evaluate you and offer short-term help if you are too overcome to take care of yourself. It would only take the edge off - not mend the break. Therapy might help you see what went wrong in a helpful way. Support groups can also let you know you're not alone. It will hurt, but most do get through it. Best! ...Read more
Carpal tunnel: No medication is used to treat carpal tunnel. It's a mechanical problem. Wrist splints is the initial treatment option. You can try non-steroidal antiinflammatory medications such as naproxen/ibuprofen but the effect of those is minimal if that. Steroid injections can be tried but they are falling out of favor. Carpal tunnel release appears long term cure. ...Read more
Aubagio was just released for the treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. Bg-12 (oral fumarate) should be available before mid year. Both are oral drugs which will be added to the only other oral drug- gilenya (fingolimod).
There are several other drugs which will be added within the next few years proving that there is reason to be optimistic about the future of ms treatment. ...Read more