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Arthritis board

According to the published literature remicade is as effective as Enbrel, both very good where other meds fail. Remicade with methotrexate is said to be able to reverse some arthritis. My understanding is that the Methotrexate is the more worrysome medication.
Methotrexate is also used to treat some of the other autoimmune diseases, such as Lupus. Do you know if that is true of the Enbrel & Remecade? I've seen the remecade ads on t.v. for RA, but what is the Enbrel? The cost sounded astronomical, isn't it covered by most insurances? Although if they only cover 80%, that's still unbearable.
Thanks for the info, Ann
Feel lucky Americans that you have the access to Remecade and Enbrel. I'm just starting on Methotrexate for RA after some hideous side effects from the other drugs we've experimented with so far this year...even though Enbrel is considered far better and perhaps less toxic BUT it is not yet on the PBS list in Australia...which means i can have it for a cost of $20 - 40,000 per year...on a teacher's salary, yeh right! and our private health insurance doesn't cover prescription drugs either. The only other way to access it cheaply is with a 35 page application from from the rheumy to the government proving that you've tried all other options and have RA in more than 16 joints (which i do) ...however 100% of my doc's requests have been refused so far and patients have had to stay on cortisone indefinitaly. Feel very ripped off!! So much for the lucky country. Down under is a better description in regard to this. You might have to ship me some pills over!!! I'm terrified of my first dose of mtx this weekend incase i have another allergic reaction. Would feel safer knowing i was taking the best meds on the market.
stiff jim
i am on enbrell and it is like the fountain of youth.new have a problem 2 injections a week i do myself in a couple min i did the remicade but to time consuming
for my life style. thank good my insurance covers it
Dear StiffJim,

I read your thread with interest as there are not many people on this site with psoriatic arthritis, I have had psoriatic arthritis for 4 years and have tried all the dmards going, leflunomide, sulphasalazine, methotrexate etc, and steroids. My rheumatologist wanted to put me on remecade or enbrel but I couldnt get it as the psoriassis was not present at the time of assessment. I have heard how good it is and was quite disappointed not to get it. Do you have psoriasssis as well as the arthritis? or like me just the arthritis once the skin problem died down. I have it bad in my knees and ankles and wrists, but it is also in my fingers, elbows and neck. How do you feel most days? Do you swell up a lot? Do you get a lot of headaches? Be interesting to talk to you. Are your hands twisting or just swollen? I am tired every day, and do not work anymore. I feel guilty all the time as I feel I should be doing more, but so achy and tired all the time.