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Remicade (infliximab) treatment, advantages and disadvantages?

Remicade (infliximab) treatment, advantages and disadvantages?

For what: Remicade (infliximab) is good therapy. Plus is that it is givne in hte office andthen you don't have to self inject another TNF inhibitor. Is thsi for Rheuamtoid Arthritis, Crohn's disease, psoriasis There are many things it cna be used for. The risks are side effects like infection, infusion reaction, etc. You need to discuss with your physician. ...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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Are there safe alternative therapies for discoid lupus?

Are there safe alternative therapies for discoid lupus?

Avoid sun exposure: The most important therapy is to avoid sun exposure by using hats and or sun screen. ...Read more

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What is cimzia (certolizumab pegol) injections used for?

What is cimzia (certolizumab pegol) injections used for?

Cimzia (certolizumab pegol): Certolizumab, a biological drug, very expensive, used to treat some auto-immune diseases in selected cases ...Read more

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How is enbrel (etanercept) used for treating rheumatoid arthritis?

How is enbrel (etanercept) used for treating rheumatoid arthritis?

Second line.: While Enbrel (etanercept) can be used alone, it works better in tandem with methotrexate. It is given by subcutaneous injection once per week, the dose being dependent on body size. It is also indicated for psoriatic arthritis and spondylitis. Most insurers want the patient to have been on lesser drugs. These would include incomplete response to mtx, sfz, and ho-q. It binds to tnf-alpha, which caues inflamm. ...Read more

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For ankylosing spondylitis, how effective is remicade (infliximab) treatment?

For ankylosing spondylitis, how effective is remicade (infliximab) treatment?

It can be very : Effective with the use of this medication as this disease is an autoimmune one. However, one has to balance the risks and benefits of the use of this medication with other alternative treatments and the severity of the disease as well as any pre-existing other medical issues that may preclude its use. ...Read more

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Are there any effective anti-tnf drugs for RA without methotrexate?

Are there any effective anti-tnf drugs for RA without methotrexate?

Yes : If a person can not or will not take Methotrexate with a tnfi, one may be able to substitute the Methotrexate for another NSAID such as lefluemide, sulfasalazine, Hydroxychloroquine or in some settings use the tnfi alone. ...Read more

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What are Enbrel (etanercept) side effects?

What are Enbrel (etanercept) side effects?

See details: Infection is the greatest risk. Other side effects include reduction in blood counts, liver disease, neurologic disorders and a possible increased risk of lymphoma. ...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 remicade (infliximab) safe overall?

Yes.: People can have side-effects with infusion, but they are usually mild. Remicade (infliximab) has been on the market for over a decade and is considered relatively safe. ...Read more

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How effective are TNF inhibitors for treating ankylosing spondylitis?

TNF inhibitors: Tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-blocking therapy has been used successfully in the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis. ...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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How effective is humira (adalimumab) for rheumatoid arthritis?

How effective is humira (adalimumab) for rheumatoid arthritis?

It is effective: It is effective and has been used alone, with methtrexate or with other dmard and is effective. ...Read more

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How effective are etanercept injections for treating ankylosing spondylitis?

Many factors are -: -used to choose the proper drug 4 AS. entanercept (Enbrel (etanercept)) is a TNF inhibitor. it acts on TNF- alpha the master regulator of inflammation. it is a Cytokine that is the factor in inflammation. Enbrel (etanercept) acts as a decoy and binds TNF-alpha, and decreases the inflammation and improves people with AS. there R others 2 choose from so a detailed work up is needed. ...Read more

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How effective are interferon alfa-2b injections for treating melanoma?

How effective are interferon alfa-2b injections for treating melanoma?

Moderate: Alfa interferon was introduced to help control metastatic melanoma. The dose however is extremely high and given over a several week period of time. With the introduction of the checkpoint inhibitors such as anti CTLA4 and the PD-1s along with the interleukins there is better control being employed than with the interferons which do help in expressing the tumor protein more effectively. ...Read more

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Are there effective naturopathic alternatives for radiation therapy?

Are there effective naturopathic alternatives for radiation therapy?

No: There is no other natural process that can cause the same effect of radiation to kill cancer cells. However, these methods can be complimentary to treating a patient. Its very important to have positive attitudes, exercise, eat well (nutrition and healthy food), spiritual belief, and monitor environmental exposures (don't smoke or drink). Regarding herbs and supplements check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Psoriasis+psor. Arthritis..Methotrexate 15mg for 2 mos. Already+humira weekly..Dr say stelera no good for arthr...Says remicade (infliximab) or enbrel maybe..Ok?

Psoriasis+psor. Arthritis..Methotrexate 15mg for 2 mos. Already+humira weekly..Dr say stelera no good for arthr...Says remicade (infliximab) or enbrel maybe..Ok?

Nod to others:: Humira is a tnfa antibody, and is similar to envbrel. Remicade (infliximab) is an antibody to the tnfa receptor, so it works differently. But i would have tried you on leflunomide, and oral drug, before starting biologics. ...Read more

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Side effects and effectiveness of orencia (abatacept) mediCation?

Side effects and effectiveness of orencia (abatacept) mediCation?

Watch for infections: Orencia (abatacept) is approved to treat moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. Typically it is prescribed when disease modifying anti rheumatic drugs (DMARDS) are not effective. The most common DMARD is methotrexate. Orencia (abatacept) is usually prescribed in combination with methotrexate but sometimes is given alone. Orencia (abatacept) is quite effective for many but not all people. It's main side effect: infections. ...Read more

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