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Can norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) stop working after a year? I take it for ra/ severe back pain/sciatica but my dr wont change it i wake up stiff and in tons of pain

Can norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) stop working after a year? I take it for ra/ severe back pain/sciatica but my dr wont change it i wake up stiff and in tons of pain

Yes: Everyone becomes tolerant to opiate pain medications if used chronically. We worry about this all the time, however ask your doctor to switch your medicine to another medication to see if this works. If not, ask for a pain management referral. However you should be aware that this will happen again no matter what opiate you use. Sometimes having a pain medication holiday can be helpful. ...Read more

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Enbrel and Remicade (infliximab) for RA, does any of these 2 meds can cause weight gain?

Enbrel and Remicade (infliximab) for RA, does any of these 2 meds can cause weight gain?

Maybe: Sometimes weight change can occur including weight gain. You and your rheumatologsit will need to develop your goals to help avoid this. ...Read more

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Humira losing its effectiveness with RA. Unable to tolerate MTX or Plaquenil. Any Rheumotologists think Remicade (infliximab) would be a good option?

Humira losing its effectiveness with RA. Unable to tolerate MTX or Plaquenil. Any Rheumotologists think Remicade (infliximab) would be a good option?

Can't hurt to try: I'm a family doctor, not a rheumatologist, but I do have RA patients who are on Remicaid who are responding very well with it. I don't know what that's worth to you, but I thought I would share. I think it's being used a lot more and does have FDA indication for RA. ...Read more

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Severe head to toe itching turn fire red am severely angry I have RA and take mtx and remicade (infliximab) please help its been 4 week now?

Severe head to toe itching turn fire red am severely angry I have RA and take mtx and remicade (infliximab) please help its been 4 week now?

See below: Since this has been going for 4 weeks, it less likely to be infusion reaction. However; when a patient has intense itching, you have to wonder whether it is an allergic reaction or something going on with their liver. You need to call your rheumatologist so that you can be seen and elevated. ...Read more

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Last labs showed high iron saturation at 55%, normal total iron, and normal iron binding capacity. Low wbc. Should I be concerned about these? Currently on plaquenil, sulfasalazine, and Remicade (infliximab) infusions for Lupus/RA.

Last labs showed high iron saturation at 55%, normal total iron, and normal iron binding capacity. Low wbc. Should I be concerned about these? Currently on plaquenil, sulfasalazine, and Remicade (infliximab) infusions for Lupus/RA.

How low?: It depends on how low the WBC is and whether this has been a persistent findings. You will need to find out the cause for the low WBC which may be the result of a drug reaction or just part of the Lupus/RA. The major risk is increased susceptibility to infections when the WBC is very low. Talk to your rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What is the difference between orencia (abatacept) and remicade for rheumatoid arthritis?

What is the difference between orencia (abatacept) and remicade for rheumatoid arthritis?

Best person to ans--: wer this for you, would be your PCP or the Rheumatologist. Check with them. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is diarrhea a common problem with rheumatoid arthritis and the medicine remicade (infliximab)?

Can you tell me is diarrhea a common problem with rheumatoid arthritis and the medicine remicade (infliximab)?

Not typically: Gi problems can result from Remicade (infliximab) but typically are constipation, possible liver disfunction or infection related. Studies done show no difference in incidence of diarrhea between Remicade (infliximab) and placebo. ...Read more

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I have RA but my whole body hurts, I'm in constant pain. Sometimes I can hardly stand up and walk, I get infusions ( remicaide ) what else could it be?

I have RA but my whole body hurts, I'm in constant pain. Sometimes I can hardly stand up and walk, I get infusions ( remicaide ) what else could it be?

It does not sound : Like typical RA pain. Needs more info, such as pain locations, joint vs muscle involvement, or pain after remicade, (infliximab) etc. there are many detail needed and likely will need a video consult to get better idea or discuss with your rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Is there anybody taking anti-tfn infliximab 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 blocks the tnf-a receptor, rather than binding tnf-a itself, but it accomplishes the same thing. It's infusion intervals are longer, because the turnover of recptors is slower than the production of tnf-a itself. A good choice for those who do not want to inject themselves sc. ...Read more

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Is anti-tfn infliximab and effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. ?

Is anti-tfn infliximab and effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. ?

Yes: The biologic drugs, of which the tnf inhibitors are one , are new and exciting medications that are changing the course of RA by interfering with the body's productiion of inflammatory components; in addition they decrease the joint damage. Ther arenow 5 tnf inhibitors, an il-6 inhibitor, and several b cell inhibitors as well as new jak enzyme inhibitors in investigation. ...Read more

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Am starting enbrel (etanercept) .. Can i stop taking it when my RA is under.Control..And take something lighter?

Am starting enbrel (etanercept) .. Can i stop taking it when my RA is under.Control..And take something lighter?

No: You are doing so well because of the enbrel, (etanercept) not in spite of it. Stopping it will cause your disease to flare and will increase the risk of joint damage. ...Read more

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I have RA and no insurance now the dmar has stopped working. Is there any doctor that can help me. So basically no doctor or insurance.

RA with no insurance: Try calling your insurance commissioner of the state and relay this information to him. Also call a large hospital that has training program for doctors and request to be seen as a patient. Ask the state of virginia about medicaid. ...Read more

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Can one be hypnotized to stop RA pain?

I am not sure: Hypnosis is known to help people who have autoimmune disease. But no studies to show how much effect on the process of the disease and the pain involved. ...Read more

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