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Methotrexate vs humira (adalimumab), rheumatoid arthritis question?

Methotrexate vs humira (adalimumab), rheumatoid arthritis question?

MTX vs Humira (adalimumab): These drugs fight RA in completely different fashions. Mtx is the consensus first round choice of drugs to treat ra, both by the acr and eular (european version). Most, if not all, insurances require treatment failure with mtx before you start humira, (adalimumab) a much more expensive drug. In most cases, even if Humira (adalimumab) is started, patients will remain on mtx. ...Read more

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My rheuma said i might have ild, I have sle as well. What meds is better: benlysta (belimumab) or cytoxan?

My rheuma said i might have ild, I have sle as well. What meds is better: benlysta (belimumab) or cytoxan?

For: Active sle Benlysta (belimumab) targets disease well and has lesser toxic profile. This drug though is no recc. For type 4 nephritis, where Cytoxan would help. ...Read more

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Anyone tried enbrel (etanercept) for treating rheumatoid arthritis?

Anyone tried enbrel (etanercept) for treating rheumatoid arthritis?

Many patients: Rheumatoid arthritis can often be controlled with some of the newer medications including enbrel (etanercept). Many patients are saved from irreversible crippling of the joints. The key is to get early diagnosis and effective treatment to prevent worsening. Enbrel (etanercept) is a biologic response modifier meaning that the drug is made by a biological system. The drug can be very effective. Untreated RA has huge risks. ...Read more

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Methotrexate vs humira (adalimumab), rheumatoid arthritis?

Methotrexate vs humira (adalimumab), rheumatoid arthritis?

Methotrexate: is a first line drug for rheumatoid arthritis, used frequently with hydroxchoroquine and sulfasalazine. Humira is an expensive biologic for those who have failed traditional first line regimens!

Humira works well for RA, but it is second line! ...Read more

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Is cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) used for lupus?

Is cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) used for lupus?

Yes: Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) is used to treat some of the manifestations of lupus. Most commonly this can be involvement of organs such as the brain, kidneys etc. ...Read more

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Can od prescribe medicine?

DO?: Did you mean a do, doctor of osteopathy? If that's what you meant, then yes they can prescribe medicine. ...Read more

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Anyone taking humira (adalimumab) for rheumatoid arthritis?

Anyone taking humira (adalimumab) for rheumatoid arthritis?

Many patients!: Results are very good, particulary when used alone and better with methotrexate. The dirrence with Remicade (infliximab) is that it binds to tnf-a rendering ineffecftive. It is completely human in origin. A good choice for those who do prefer home sc injection, every two weeks. It is my favorite tnf-a class drug. ...Read more

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Methatrexate for psoriasis?

Methatrexate for psoriasis?

Can be excellent: Can be an excellent drug, if the severity of the psoriasis requires it and with close monitoring for side effects. ...Read more

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Is arava (leflunomide) effective for rheumatoid arthritis?

Is arava (leflunomide) effective for rheumatoid arthritis?

It may be...: Again, this is a question for the treating specialist, most likely a rheumatologist. When treating a disorder like ra, there are a variety of medications that have been effective; as with everything else in medicine, no one size fits all, and the right drug or combo for each must be assessed over time by a specialist. ...Read more

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Is cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil) a drug prescribed to treat dermatomyositis?

Is cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil) a drug prescribed to treat dermatomyositis?

Yes: Cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil) is an immunosuppressant drug used to treat a variety if conditions. In rheumatology it is most commonly used to treat certain types of lupus. Cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil) has been used successfully to treat dermatomyositis. It can help lower and or eliminate the steroid dose. ...Read more

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I am considering benlysta (belimumab) for my sle. For those physicians that have used benlysta (belimumab) with their sle patients, what has been your experience?

Favorable: For aapropriate patients the experience with Benlysta (belimumab) has been good. There has been improvement in general features of fatigue with improvement in rash and joint pain. It's use has allowed me to lower the Prednisone dosage of patients and their serologies ( anti- dna and complemnent) levels have improved. ...Read more

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Are imuran (azathioprine) & betaferon effective treatments for ms?

Are imuran (azathioprine) & betaferon effective treatments for ms?

Yes they can be: The evidence is stronger for beta interferons (avonex, Rebif and betaseron) than it is for immuran. Interferons are fda approved and immuran is not (for ms) they all have a modest but definite effect in reducing the number of attacks in remitting relapsing forms the effect varies from patient to patient. ...Read more

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What are some alternative therapies for sle (systemic lupus erythematosus)?

What are some alternative therapies for sle (systemic lupus erythematosus)?

None: Diet and omega 3 fatty acids may help but there are no specific vitamin or herbal supplements for sle. Avoiding sugar and dairy is helpful for some people. Omega three fatty acids along with vitamin c and b complex may reduce symptoms. ...Read more

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Are imuran (azathioprine) tablets effective?

Are imuran (azathioprine) tablets effective?

Quite Effective: Imuran (azathioprine) is usually prescribed as an immune suppressant in transplant patients, for rheumatoid arthritis, crohn's and ulcerative colitis. It has been found to be quite effective in these conditions. ...Read more

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Why hydroxychloroquine is effective in treating systemic lupus erythematosus?

Why hydroxychloroquine is effective in treating systemic lupus erythematosus?

It is magic?: 1the use of anti-malarials in autoimmune diseases was accidentally discovered in treating wwii vets for malaria. Those with RA improved. Chloroquine and ho-q were tested in sle, with very positive results. In the early 80's canadian researchers definitively showed fewer sle flares with ho-q. It is considered the rx of first choice for :sle. We now understand more of the mechanisms, but not all. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever been treated with rituxan (rituximab) for sle lupus?

Has anyone ever been treated with rituxan (rituximab) for sle lupus?

Yes: There are a number of trials using Rituximab (rituxan) for the treatment of lupus (sle). It's effectiveness is unclear as 2 large randomized trials (explorer and lunar) did not find a benefit for rituximab. ...Read more