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I have RA and taking mtx and enbrel (etanercept). can I do a plastic surgery for my breasts and is there a side effect?

Possible.. The chronic inflammation from RA may slow down the healing process. Also these medications lower the immune system. Therefore, your risk for infection may be higher than am average person. Check with your doctors before planning things. . Read more...

I take nabumetone, methotrexate, enbrel, plaquenil, vitamin d and folic acid for RA & dermatomyo. Which of these is making it difficult to lose wight?

None of the above! Mtx, enbrel, (etanercept) ho-q, vit d3, and Folic Acid will not cause wt. Gain. Some fluid retention is not uncommon with nsaids, but it stops shortly after starting. I would suggest that your medication cocktale may be increasing appetite, and inactivity imposed on you by your illness is the most likely factor! arthritis patients frequently gain 5-6 lbs per year. Read more...

I'm being treated for RA with plaquenil, methotrexate, and Enbrel. My most recent blood work has low values of MPV 7.3 and MCHC 31.4.

Blood and RA meds. It is best to discuss these numbers with your rheumatologist. There are significant side effects of all these medications, although many other issues including diet and exercise may be another cause of the findings here. Serum folate levels may be of some value, and adjustment of the medications you are now on should be considered. Read more...

What do you think of the combination of celebrex (celecoxib) and sulfasalazine to treat RA beside taking other medications such as methotrexate and Enbrel? Instead of Norco or motrin or tramadol

Rheumatoid arthritis. Celebrex (celecoxib) and motrin are anti-inflammatory medication. Motrin cause stomach irritation more than Celebrex (celecoxib), sulfasalazine another anti inflammatory by different mechanism. Norco and tramadol does not have any anti inflammatory effect. the combinations are chosen for every individual depending on their bodies response to meds. Read more...
Common combo. However, if you receive sulfasalazine you should have blood count and liver function tests before starting treatment and every 1 to 2 weeks during the first 3 months of therapy. Ask your rheumatologist for more information. Read more...
Depends on severity. It depends on the severity and activity of your RA. Enbrel and Methotrexate are great drugs if you have active. If it is not active Celebrex (celecoxib) and sulfasalazine are alternatives. We discourage people to use narcotic painkillers for non cancer pain for the long term since it is very addictive and people become tolerant for the doses and expect increasing doses. Read more...