I will be starting Xeljanz as soon as the insurance company removes its head from its rear end. (Why they refuse to approve a drug that is about an eighth the cost of the current treatment is beyond me)
After trying all the other biologics and a few older DMARDS some worked great for a while (Humira, Rituxan, Actemra, Orencia, and Cimzia) only to peter out, while others didn't ever even start to work (Enbrel, Remicade, Arava, Plaquenil, MTX alone). I have tried recycling back to a few of them, but have developed allergies to Humira, Arava, and Rituxan--currently taking Actemra and it has lost most of its effectiveness over the past year.
If insurance does a flat refusal I will be going back on Cimzia as it worked best without allergies (Humira was absolute best for me, but that is anaphylaxis waiting to happen).
How are the new pills doing? Any luck? I am hoping that they work well for you... and for me once I get it! --Heather
I've heard of it. My Rheumatologist has just changed me to Humira. I don't think he wants to try me on something that new. I've only tried Embrel. He says one day there will be tests to determine which medication is the best treatment for each patient. Right now it's hit or miss until you find the right one. This disease is not new, but effective medication treatments are. So I guess we'll all have to wait and see. Embrel helped me a little. Not with the swelling though. I take Sulfazine for the swelling. It is working well. Embrel worked a little for the stiffness and inflammation.I got a big flare on Embrel though and it made me very tired. I only figured out the side effect of the fatigue after I was off of it for a few weeks. Today is my second injection of Humira. Doc says it should take weeks for the Humira to work.
What works for you, how much and in what way?
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I have never heard of it either; however, I certainly hope you keep us posted on how it works for you. I'm on Enbrel - and I HATE IT! I know we're all looking for something that could give us some relief - AND SOME HOPE!!
Blessings to you in your new experience with this new drug!
I am nerous yet hopeful about starting this drug (Xeljanz) it is soooo new! But I was so bad yesterday with my hip hardly being able to walk dress etc. Anyone else try it? A few people on another site said it has really helped them I hope I am one of them! Take care all! Erica
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