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Worked for Plaque – Enbrel for Arthritis
First-timer; be gentle. Been
on Enbrel 14 weeks and it has all but cleared PA. However, lesions are as
active as ever, and I'm wondering how long I stay on until I (1) see
results, or (2) throw in the towel.
I was on
Remicade prior to Enbrel, and the opposite happened — the P was gone,
the PA was so bad I couldn't tie my shoes. So I stopped and tried Enbrel.
Would appreciate your thoughts.
Response: You’re one step
ahead of me, Rick. The only
biologic I’ve tried is Enbrel. It
took about 16 weeks for it to stop my joint swelling, about 18 weeks for
the joint pain to mostly go away, and today, at 24 weeks, I’m still
waiting to see any noticeable effect at all on my skin lesions.
And by the way, at about 12 weeks I switched from 50 mgs/week (two
injections) to 100 mgs/week (four injections).
I feel bad that
I don’t feel like celebrating the quiescence of my P-arthritis.
I guess a part of my cynicism derives from the fact that
methotrexate helped just as much at considerably less than half the cost.
(At my current dosage, Enbrel costs over $2,000 per month.
It would be impossible for me to be taking this medicine without
I am so curious
to know why some peoples’ plaque P goes away on Enbrel?
What is the difference between their reaction to the drug and ours?
I have two more
weeks (8 injections) remaining before I give up.
But considering, with my double dosage the past 10 weeks, I’ve
already injected as much Enbrel as is normally prescribed over an 8-month
period, I’m holding no hope that things are going to dramatically
improve over the next 14 days.
It’s hard for
me not to feel bitter about my disappointing Enbrel experience.
It’s not just because the drug hasn’t worked — it’s also
because I waited so long (as did thousands of us) and it’s so terribly