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Etanercept (Definition)

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Is there a drug that's less expensive and can be used as a alternative to humira (adalimumab) for rheumatoid arthritis?

Is there a drug that's less expensive and can be used as a alternative to humira (adalimumab) for rheumatoid arthritis?

YES: There are multiple drugs for arthritis cheaper than humira. Pills like methotrexate, sulfasalaxine, Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) and Leflunomide can be used alone or in combination. There is also an injectable form of Methotrexate that can sometimes be more effective. Prednisone can also be taken. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories can be used. Depending on your insurance, another biologic may be cheaper than humira. ...Read more

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What medicine is better remicade (infliximab) infusions or humira?

What medicine is better remicade (infliximab) infusions or humira?

It depends: Medication is not working for everyone. Your doctor will decide which one is appropriated for your condition. It depends on your insurance formulary status, side effect , efficacy and drug-drug interaction with other medication, etc. ...Read more

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Is there a drug that is less expensive and can be used as a alternative to humira (adalimumab)?

Is there a drug that is less expensive and can be used as a alternative to humira (adalimumab)?

No: Humira (adalimumab) is a biologic? Infliximab is more expensive. Other medications may be an option, but this should be discussed with ourngastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Is methotrexate or humira (adalimumab) better for rheumatoid arthritis?

Is methotrexate or  humira (adalimumab) better for rheumatoid arthritis?

It's u as much as Rx: 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 it safe to take enbrel (etanercept) for arthritis with boswellia?

Is it safe to take enbrel (etanercept) for arthritis with boswellia?

see details: It should be safe but there is no clinical evidence that boswellia has any benefit for RA or any inflammatory arthritis. If i were you, i would stop it. ...Read more

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Cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil) vs Methotrexate. Which is less toxic? Which is generally better tolerated? I have MCTD and am trying to make a hard decision.

Cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil) vs Methotrexate. Which is less toxic? Which is generally better tolerated? I have MCTD and am trying to make a hard decision.

Both are OK: The best medication for M cTD is the medication which treats the most active component at the time. Both of the medications you asked about are safe to use with MCTD if they are monitored by an experienced rheumatologist. They will both require regular lab testing and doctor visits. You should make this choice with your personnel doctor based on your specific symptoms ...Read more

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Better to be on methotrexate and hydroxychloroquine or methotrexate and a biologic when treating jra? Methotrexate only doesn't help

Better to be on methotrexate and hydroxychloroquine or methotrexate and a biologic when treating jra? Methotrexate only doesn't help

Depends on severity: Since you have already been on Methotrexate and its not helping you get complete relief from symptoms, further addition of therapies will depend on severity of your current symptoms. Hydroxychloroquine is milder in efficacy as compared to biologics & both have different side effect profiles. Talk to a rheumatologist who can assess your clinical course & treatment needs & then advise accordingly. ...Read more

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Is there a difference in humira and enbrel (etanercept) treatment of psoriasis?

No great...: No great differences. Enbrel (etanercept) is once weekly and Humira is once every two weeks. They have similar efficacy in large trials, but differences exist between individuals! both should be tried only after Methotrexate therapy has failed! ...Read more

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Is eczema an auto immune response? If so can drugs such as methotrexate and tnf blockers aid in the treatment of extreem cases?

Is eczema an auto immune response? If so can drugs such as methotrexate and tnf blockers  aid in the treatment of extreem cases?

Not auto-immune: Eczema is not an auto-immune response, but it does involve the immune system. Usual treatments are emollients (petrolleum jelly) & moisturizers (ex:cetaphyl or cerave creams) as well as topical corticosteroids.One may see use of stronger immunosuppressants under extreme cases, as well as xolair (ige blocker).Am not sure if these are used off-label or not (i.e. Not yet fda approved for this use?). ...Read more

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Is Entyvio meant to be an alternative to oral mesalamines like Lialda? Why consider it? Is the risk profile better?

Is Entyvio meant to be an alternative to oral mesalamines like Lialda? Why consider it? Is the risk profile better?

Entyvio Vs. Mesalamine : Entyvio and mesalamine are different types of medications. They can be used separately or together. The goal of Biologics such as Entyvio is to induce remission, while mesalamine derivatives reduce inflammation but do not induce remission. They have different side effect profiles, and either can be a valid approach in various patient circumstances. Talk to your gastroenterologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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What's more effective for pustular psoriasis, methotrexate or enbrel (etanercept)?

What's more effective for pustular psoriasis, methotrexate or enbrel (etanercept)?

Both: Both can be effective, personally i feel Enbrel (etanercept) is safer. There are other options. Talk it over with your dermatologist. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take copaxone (glatiramer) or rebif as a treatment for ms?

Is it safe to take copaxone (glatiramer) or rebif as a treatment for ms?

Yes, but see below: Both, especially Copaxone (glatiramer) are quite safe, but require injections, with risk of skin reactions with both, and permanent site dimpling with copaxone (glatiramer). Rebif can cause flu-like rxtns, depression, liver issues, thyroid problems, in addition. Copaxone (glatiramer) may have brief chest pain, breathlessness, and flushing after injection.(hypertension is reported) Copaxone (glatiramer) is safer for pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is prolotherapy recommended for autoimmune patients(psoriatic arthrits) or will the autoimmune affects is effectiveness?

Is prolotherapy recommended for autoimmune patients(psoriatic arthrits) or will the autoimmune affects is effectiveness?

Absolutely not: Anything that increases inflammation is going to increase the risk for a flare of autoimmune arthritis. Controlling and reducing inflammation, not causing it, is the basis for most successful treatments with autoimmune arthritis (methotrexate, anti-tnf inhibitors like Enbrel (etanercept) or humira). Strongly recommend you talk to your rheumatologist before starting any new treatments. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink alcohol with subcutaneous methotrexate? What is the average dose of sq methotrexate when taken with humira (adalimumab) for ra?

Is it safe to drink alcohol with subcutaneous methotrexate? What is the average dose of sq methotrexate when taken with humira (adalimumab) for ra?

No: Alcohol use when used with low dose Methotrexate can and has lead to liver failure and the need for a liver transplant. The amount of alcohol that can do this is different depending on other diseases a person has (hepatitis) , meds they are on, and their genetics.So unless you want to flirt with disaster, no amount of alcohol should be considered "safe". Absolutely ask your doctor before drinking. ...Read more

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Adalimumab (Definition)

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