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Biologics/Anti-TNF Therapies

Started by wishtoBEpainfree on 02/25/2010 12:06am

Anyone tried Remicade, Humira or Cimzia therapies?? Have you experienced side effects? Have you felt relief after treatment? Am considering my options. Appreciate any comments or personal experiences. Thanks in advance.

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My mom is on Enbrel for Rheumatoid Arthritis. When she first started taking it she said she was getting slight rashes and felt some shortness of breath, but she has now been on it for over a year, and has only minor occurrences. She swears by it. Since Enbrel, Remicade and Humira are all anti-TNFAs, the same probably applies.

http://www.drugs.com/sfx/enbrel-side-effects.html

This site lists all the side effects. They are serious drugs, but RA and Akylosing spondylitis can really effect quality of life. I can tell you from my Mom's experience (64 otherwise healthy) it has been a big help. As an FYI, she did do methotrexate for a couple of years prior and that is supposed to have less side effects.

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Thanks for your response and insight. It's nice to know that people are getting some relief. I am trying to decide if I want to do regular infusions of Remicade or self injections of Cimzia/Humira and am hoping to hear from people who are benefitting from or discontinued these drugs personally, and to find out how common the really bad side effects are, like Lymphoma and Lupus-like syndrome, as well as the minor side effects of nausea, joint pain etc. I have both AS & Crohn's as well as Osteoporosis and Fibromyalgia (although looking at me, most people would say they couldn't tell). I am in my early 40's and have had them for many years....

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I have AS myself and the Biologics haven't worked for me at all. I discontinued them and found a much healthier way of controlling it. Renew-In isn't a pharmaceutical and it can be found OTC. It works for me by reducing the swelling, controlling the stiffness and managing the pain caused by the swelling. If there's no swelling or stiffness, then, under normal conditions, there is little to no pain. Just something to consider as an alternative to the pricey Biological drugs like Humira and Remicade. I have had a great deal of success and would recommend this to anyone suffering from this. I am only a student but I have used this for a couple of years now with great success.

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I'm not sure if you check back to find answers to your question but I'm going to reply anyway. I have tried all three of the meds you listed along with a few others. Each one worked fairly well for about 9-10 months then quit working.
I didn't have any problems with Humira but I did with Cimzia. It made my skin break out really badly. Once I figured out that the problems started about the same time I started taking Cimzia, we stopped that medication and the problem went away.
I have taken Remicade twice. Once for about a year and then about 3 years later I tried it again. This time I had a severe allergic reaction to it and went into shock. My doctor told me that in her 25 years of being a rheumatologist, she had never had a single patient have that reaction. So, I'd have to say it's a safe med to take. As long as you don't develop an allergy to it like my crazy body did!
Hope this helps.

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M2, I tried all three of the meds you listed 2. Each one worked fairly well for about 10-11 months then quit working.

Erasmios D
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Has anyone tried prednisone for sciatica? My doc prescribed what I think is a huge dose. Sixty mg per day for 10 days, then 40 mg per day X 10 days, then 20 mg/day for last 10 days. Too much? Thanks.

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What your doctor is trying to do is shock your body out of the phase cycle its in. I am in a pain cycle for my back right now and we are debating the date of surgery. Basically, as he explained it, he is trying to reduce the inflamation around the nerves to reduce the pain, without doing a temporary spine injection since they do not work on me anymore.

Good Luck.

Amy

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thanks, amy

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Hello: I am on Humira. Doing a good job. No side effects.

My wife and son are on Rituxan, as they did not respond to any treatments TNF.
They both have RA and Ankylosing Spondilitis.
Our other son has psoriasis. Being treated locally now. Just diagnosed a year ago. Going well

Hope this helps you.

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I have not came here to discuss any medical study I am suffering from heavy back pain if you have any suggestion or any medical treatment post it . It will be useful for me
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