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Enbrel Or Arava?

Enbrel Or Arava?

Went to the rheumatologist today and he is taking me off methotrexate. The side effects are just too much for me even though they kind of make you feel like there's something wrong with you. He said "Most people have few, if any, side effects but I guess you are in that minority". Grrrrrr....that just kind of gets on my nerves for some reason. I apparently have a choice between Enbrel or Arava. Thoughts? Experiences? Recommendations? Thanks!

A myRAteam Member said:

I appreciate everyone's input! Apparently my rheumatologist decided he didn't want me on Arava and my choice is methotrexate or Enbrel. I choose...neither. I am just so tired of feeling so sick. I am going to take some time off of my meds and see how I feel. I will keep taking Plaquenil and I have NSAIDS and tramadol. That will have to do for now.

posted almost 6 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I definitely have burning in my feet but not in my legs. In my legs I feel like there is warm liquid running down them. I always check to see if I peed myself and haven't yet, haha. Not sure what that's about! My finger nails are not curling down or anything either.

posted almost 6 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

Thanks for your reply. Do you have burning in your hands/feet and muscles in your legs? Are your fingernails curling down?

posted almost 6 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I found Enbrel fantastic. It worked the first time after 8 hrs after the injection. I used it for 2 years then sadly it stopped working. Unfortunately after 3 months of using it my hair thinned to patches all over and I had to get a wig. Jury is out whether this was caused by drug or just another auto immune disease. Now on Xeljanz for RA and this has helped my own totally bald head to start growing hair. Arava was also good but I stopped taking it as it thinned my hair as well and didn't work as well as Enbrel.

posted almost 6 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

Best of luck with whichever one you choose, my Rheumatologist has given me a handful of booklets on the Anti TNF drugs & told me she'll discuss with me which one I want to try when I next see her ~ next Friday. Read them all & leaning towards Enbrel.

posted almost 6 years ago
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