When I go on Medicare in a year my Humira will not be affordable to me at 33% co-pay. I have had a great ride with it for 12 years. My doctor has given me these names of infusions to explore: Orencia, Actemka, and Rituxan. I'm also curious about CBD oil, but don't know where to start (dose, topical or drops). My rheumatologist is open to trying, but says there isn't enough research for her to recommend, but that if I do try, the clinic at large wants to know about experiences of patients.
I have successfully benefited from methotrexate for 30 years to keep my RA manageable. Now I've entered the "for which methotrexate no longer works" phase and trying to decide if Rituxan infusions is my next plan of attack. (Humira injections were not successful.) Also considering Actemra injections. Any advice on efficacy, side effects, long-term concerns, etc. of both medications is appreciated. Keeping the faith.
I have always hated methotrexate. It's always made me nauseous and tired, and I think it's the root cause of a lot of the stomach issues I've been having. I take .6ml injected once a week. I stopped taking it for about a month when my husband and I went camping. I still had some soreness in my joints, but was able to do most things just fine. My stomach felt AMAZING. Especially towards the end of the trip. I've since started it… read more
I have been on Rituxan for a year and has really worked well. After my last infusion two weeks ago I have had a lot of pain in both ankles and feet. Just wondered if anyone else has had this issue?