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Enbrel and Olux Foam at the Same Time
Hi Ed, Just
found your site a few days ago — great job!
Wanted to let you know that I, too, have just started Enbrel
therapy for severe psoriasis and am just into my third week after a
prolonged 6 week boxing match with my Insurance (got approval from Enbrel
in no time, but was initially denied insurance coverage because I do not
have PA, just psoriasis).
I'm not keeping
a journal, but have been noticing improvement:
localized clearing and overall flattening and lightening, and my
arms are almost clear.
wondering about Olux Foam? My
derm gave it to me to use as a topical to help out with some outbreaks and
I don't know if it's the Enbrel or the Olux alone, or a combo of the two
— but I've really noticed a difference!
be able to wear shorts this summer! -Dierdre
Response: I’m glad to hear
some flakers who aren’t arthritic
are getting coverage to take Enbrel. So
far, the number I’ve heard most frequently is “about 80%” of those
on the drug who have both psoriatic arthritis and plaque psoriasis
experience clearing of the plaques. Almost
everyone who has written to me has reported improvement in their
arthritis. (That magical 80%
again! I really wish I knew
what that means in these various contexts, but the more I learn about
drugs and statistics, the less I know!)
correspondents report quick positive response for the arthritis symptoms
but less quick for plaque lesions. Several
— myself included — are in or beyond their second month on the
injections with little or no improvement in the skin.
And your combo
therapy, Enbrel AND Olux Foam, makes your improvement as mysterious as it
is welcome. I’ve heard from
many people who have had very good luck using Olux Foam on their skin
lesions. You may not know if
it’s the Enbrel or the Olux Foam bringing about your improvement until
you stop one — probably the Foam, first — and then even a rebound may
be inconclusive (because it may BE JUST a rebound that time will
overcome). However, if the
lesions come back after you stop using the foam and they STAY back, I
would suspect the Olux Foam was doing your lesions more good than the
Enbrel. Frankly, I’m quite
surprised your derm has prescribed both considering you do not have
But I, like
you, am content to leave such questions in the rhetorical
category so long as the regimen can be associated with improvement!
The most important thing is to enjoy
the improvement. Buy those
shorts and intend to wear them!
Good luck and keep us informed. -Ed