It is a biologic drug called a bio similar because it is similar to Enbrel.
Yes @A myRAteam Member, I am taking Erelzi. It started working after 3 months. It has made a huge difference with the pain in my hands.
I am also taking Methotrexate, which I have been taking since 2013, when I was first diagnosed with RA.
You asked @A myRAteam Member about fatigue and stiffness.
I don't get stiffness as part of my RA, I do have fatigue though.
Erelzi has just helped with my pain, not my fatigue.
Didn’t help my fatigue at all, but my doc said not much does help with that.
Today’s was my 21st weekly shot.
For me, it literally took pain from 8.5 to 0.5 that same day of my first shot. Even my rheumatologist was amazed. Continues to work for me, but a day or so before my weekly shot, I can tell stiffness starting to creep in...but, still after 6 months my pain is 1.5 at its worst. Zero side effects . But of course everyone is different. Your mileage may vary. Follow ur own doctors advice.
I’m on no other RA or pain meds. Started with Enbrel...but that’s due to other comorbidities I have that required it and eliminated starting with the more typical DMARD route. Good luck
@A myRAteam Member I was on Xeljanz for 4 months but it raised my BP, cholesterol and I gained 15 lbs. I am off it now and no more BP medication. Also lost the 15 lbs. just got tested for cholesterol today so hopefully it is back to normal. The Xeljanz only took three weeks to start working. Hopefully I get approved for financial coverage and I get to start Erelzi soon. Thanks