Thursday, June 04, 2009 glo, Community Member, asks

Q: What are the newest RA biological drugs other than Enbrel, Humira or Remicade?

I was at my doctor's office yesterday and he gave me phamplets on the three I mentioned in my question.  He wrote the names of the new newest ones down but didn't have any information on them.

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Lene Andersen, Health Guide
6/ 4/09 3:05pm

Orencia Is given an infusion, like Remicade. Another drug that has just been approved for RA is Simponi.  I've given you links to the websites for these drugs by the pharmaceutical companies that make/sell them. Should you need more information, feel free to ask again.

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dolphingirl1812, Community Member
6/18/09 10:11am

I HAVE BEEN ON ENBREL, REMICADE AND RETUXIN. I HAVE BEEN USING ORENCIA FOR OVER A YEAR AND SO FAR, IT HAS REALLY HELPED. PLUS, IT ONLY TAKES ONE HOUR FOR THE INFUSION!! FOR ANYONE WHO IS THINKING ABOUT TAKING IT, I HOPE YOU TRY IT.

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jane, Community Member
6/18/09 10:26am

I am glad to hear that.  I have tried humira, ebrel, rituxan and now remicade so orencia is my next drug.  I was especially glad to hear that the infusion only takes an hour.  That is great news.  Thanks. 

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dolphingirl1812, Community Member
6/18/09 10:44am

You are so very welcome....good luck!!!

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Brad, Health Guide
6/ 5/09 12:35am

Hi Glo,

There is one other new one. Cimzia, just approved. Here is the link to it. http://www.healthcentral.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/news-289281-98.html

 

My Rhuemy talked about the Simponi, it's a once a month injection, he wasn't too into it since there is no adjustments to the dosing. It either works, or you have wasted all the time to see if it will and you have to go to another drug.

 

Hope you feel better.

Brad

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dlyn9smith, Community Member
6/18/09 10:10am

The newest drug I know is Simponi, which is a once a month auto-injection.  It was FDA approved April 2009.  I started this drug 1 week ago.  There is not a lot of info on this drug yet, because it is so new.  I know one thing, the shot is painless.  I did Enbrel and Humira injections, and they were so painful, I cried every time I gave myself the shot.  They are also once a week.  Since it has only been one week since my shot, I am not sure if it is working.  I have had no side effects from the medication, but I am still experiencing pain, swelling, and stiffness in all my joints.  My rheumatologist said it could take 2 or 3 doses before I get relief.  Are you newly dianosed?  Let me know if you need more info.

Dianna

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kat, Community Member
9/22/11 8:22pm

There is a place on the front of the leg and the shot shld not hurt.  When standing and your arms are down it is abt where your finger tips hit the front of the thigh.

 

 

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By glo, Community Member— Last Modified: 09/22/11, First Published: 06/04/09