I have RA and Lupus. My RA symptoms are more prevalent than the Lupus.
I recently had a change in insurance and have a new Rheumatologist. He wants me to continue with my current treatment plan: Methotrexate, Plaquenil, Rituxan.
I found out that my insurance will only cover 80% of the Rituxan. I can't afford the 20% out of pocket. My insurance will cover Humira and Enbrel.
I asked my doctor if I could take Humira or Enbrel instead of the Rituxan and he said, "No, you can't step down, the medicine would be ineffective."
I've never taken Humira or Enbrel. My current treatment is the only one I've had: Methotrexate, Plaquenil, Rituxan.
Is my doctor correct???