I spoke with my Rhumy yesterday and instead of starting me on Rituximab, he is going to start me on Actemra, he just first needs to get approval from our provincial health plan so I don't go broke. Has anyone been on this and what did you experience?
I was on the infusions and as they had worked so well for me my Rheumy decided to not switch me to the injections. Certainly would have been more convenient than going to an infusion clinic. I found I felt a bit tired after them but nothing else. After almost 8 yrs I developed a reaction to them that triggered my asthma and would end up on steroids and antibiotics after each infusion and so I had to stop them. Sadly I have failed many TA treatments and am now on Xeljanz which isn’t giving me the same symptom relief that Actemra did. Good luck with Actemra, I hope it works as well for you as it did me. 😀
I was on Actemra from 2012-2020 and it worked very well for me. Unfortunately I had to stop it due to developing infusion reaction. My RA symptoms were well controlled with it.
Thanks for responding Dakota 2 and Wendy Cherveny. My Dr. wants me to self administer injections of Actemra and not be infused, I am really hoping I have a good reaction to it, it has been too long since I have been on anything effective for me.
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