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Posted by WR on February 18, 2000 at 07:52:03:

In Reply to: Rheumatoid and Psoriatic Arthritis posted by A. N. Francis on February 16, 2000 at 14:46:33:

: My wife is being advised by her Rheumatologist to consider starting Embrel treatments. She has had this disease for 20 years. The doctor has increased, as of today,the dosage of Methotrexate attempting to give her some relief from the pain and swelling of the joints. Embrel is very expensive. Are any of you who are currently taking the drug having any trouble getting your insurance providers to pay for this prescription? Answers to this and any other experiences you are having would be most helpful. Thank you so much for your help. A.N. Francis

Hi Francis,

I am on Enbrel. I have Cigna insurance. I haven't had any problems with getting approved. I have had RA for 4 years now and I have multiple joint deformities. I took plaquenil, prednisone and a lot of other medications. I was too afraid to risk side effects of the methotrexate. I have a very young child who became disabled a year before I got the disease. Yes, the Enbrel is expensive. Cigna pays 80% and I still have to pay 20% of $1100 every month. But at the moment it is worth it. There are no side effects except for irritation at the site of the injection. It helps the pain a great deal and gives back some of the strength. I would at least try it for a few months to get some relief of the severe pain we RA sufferers go through.

Take care. I hope your wife gets some relief soon!

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