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Stop Taking Enbrel And Cure Of 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
A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more
Very effective.: But frequently unecessary in most of my RA patients. Combinations inclduing mtx with sulfasalazine, hydroxychlorquine, perhaps doxycycline, or Leflunomide should be tried before starting enbrel, (etanercept) unless you have overwhelming inflammatory disease. Noenthless, Enbrel (etanercept) with mtx is better than either alone! ...Read more
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
Dx of rheumatoid arthritis. Taking Enbrel and occasionally prednisone burst pack. Chronic debilitating pain, not EVEN touched by OTC meds, or ensaids. Please help!!!!!!
You need to have a frank discussion with your Rheumatologist1 the treatment of RA has advanced greatly over the past decade. Biological therapy and combination of various medications usually result in control of pain and joint damage! SPEAK OUT!!
Hope this helps and BE WELL!
Dr Z ...Read more
Would any rheumatologist ever suggest enbrel (etanercept) to a patient who doesn't have rheumatoid arthritis, anspon, juvenile or psoriatic arthritis? Serious drug
Yes: Enbrel (etanercept) does have value in other disorders so I have recommended its use in diseases not on your list. ...Read more
My mom has been using Enbrel and have diagnosed with Parkinson. Is that kind of Rheumatoid Arthritis biologic treatment dangerous for Parkinson or not?
Enbrel: And its use in the presence of a neurologic disease as Parkinson or in an elderly patient? A question of risk/benefit ratio, some biologicals need to be used with caution above age 65, enbrel is one of them, also in patients with demyelinating disease, Parkinson isn't, so this delicate and complex question need to be answered in a clinical context, the best to do so is the treating doctor/team, ...Read more
I have Rheumatoid Arthritis I am on methotexrate & embrel what are the risk in taking whey protein, thank you.
Control the disease: Control the underlying inflammatory process and you control the pain and stiffness. ...Read more
Comes back: Rarely does RA go into true remission without getting worse after stopping the immunosuppressives. This is particuarly true for methotrexate. Many people have stopped gold therapy without a return of the arthritis for many years. Occasionally biologics can be stopped after several years of remission but the RA usually returns. ...Read more
See below: He/she may experience a flare in his/her symptoms. Let the doctor know what's going on. ...Read more
No such thing: There is no cure but there are extremely effective meds that will prevent joint damage and eliminate pain. ...Read more
I'm 27 and diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Is there a natural cure like if I lost weight, if not what's the best medication you suggest?
R.A. can be serious: There is no natural remedy or cure. Spontaneous remission is very unusual and can't be brought about or depended on. You need to see a rheumatologist for management as R.A. can lead to disability and deformity if untreated. You need to be on disease modifying drugs particularly at your young age and being a woman. ...Read more
Depends on symptoms: If the disease goes into remission it may be possible to stop medication this is something to discuss with your rheumatologist. If the disease is still active it may harmful to the joints and frankly dangerous to stop your medications abruptly. ...Read more
No cure but tx: There is no "cure" for rheumatoid arthritis. That being said, there are medications that can potentially put the disease into "remission." Often combination treatment (more than one medication) is needed to keep the condition under control. There are more options for treatment now than ever before. ...Read more
Closer: There are some good leads but no definite cure yet. Rheumatoid arthritis may be more than one disease. Although we think immune dysregulation is a hallmark of rheumatoid arthritis, different people may have different mechanisms. Sometimes it appears someone is responding to therapy and then they lose the response. This suggests that a new mechanism of inflammation has taken over - possibilities. ...Read more
Does rheumatoid arthritis normally feels better once a person is active (walking around), like symptoms stop but return once still/lying down?
Sort of: Exercise is beneficial and joints can stiffen with rest. ...Read more
No cure: Bur excellent treatments o put in remission. ...Read more
In some cases: Minocin (minocycline) can help some people with rheumatoid arthritis. Even though it is an antibiotic its effect in arthritis is felt to be due to its anti-inflammatory effects and interferring with substances that cause joint and cartilage damage called metalloproteinases. ...Read more
What is your opinion of using minocin (minocycline) to stop the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?
It works for some.: Minocycline and Doxycycline have been shown by eular (multi-unversity), and the nih in the us. Most rheumatologists do not use these, even though there are controlled trials demonstrating equal effececy with Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) and sulfasalzine. I use both quite often. ...Read more
What is your opinion in using minocin (minocycline) to stop the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?
Effective!: Most of my colleagues do not use tetracyclines, but in two\large studues conducted in europe and by the acr in the usa, it was quite effective. Dr. O'dell, president of the acr believes Doxycycline to be more effective, and I agree. I start all patients on one of these two drugs wirth mtx, because of safety and cost. ...Read more
@ age 20, , B sure U-: -have the proper diagnosis. That should come from a rheumatologist. If U have been diagnosed by a rheumatologist U know there is no cure. There R meds that control the symptoms & slow down the progression. Ask him/ her this question. ...Read more
Since one year it take 15 mg methotrexate tablet weekly for rheumatoid arthritis so when I can stop it now my blood test is normal but still have pain?
Which blood test etc: Methotrexate is a good medication for rheumatoid arthritis but it doesn't cure your arthritis - it works as long as you take it. If you still have pain, it may because of active disease (inflammation), or damage that the arthritis has already caused. You should follow up with a rheumatologist if possible. ...Read more
My daughter's doctor thinks she has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. What should she do to cure it?
There is no cure: Unfortunately there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis. There are continuing advancements in treatment. Medications considered disease modifying agents can made a big difference in the progression of the disease process. First make an appointment with a pediatric rheumatologist for the appropriate testing to see if your daughter truly has the disease. The rheumatologist will guide you further. ...Read more
Mesenchymal stem cell. Is this a potential treatment or cure for chronic rheumatoid arthritis patient in the 70s suffering from it for 30+ years?
Treatment Possible: Cure unlikely. Several patients with rheumatoid arthritis have been treated with the Regenexx Stem Cell Therapies. Did all get relief, unlikely but some did. Depends on everyone and what medications you are on or how severe your RA is. Check out Regenexx. Com to see if this is helpful for you. ...Read more