• sacha2009 sacha2009
    March 16, 2009
    Celebrex and Plaquenil together
    sacha2009 sacha2009
    March 16, 2009

    H, I have just been diagonsed with seronegative RA and i have been given Plaquenil to take along side the Celebrex, and have to go back in 3 months, just wanted to know if anyone else is on there meds togther and how soon you saw improvement, My rheumologist also said i may have a muscle disease cant recall the name.

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  • Lene  Andersen
    Health Guide
    March 17, 2009
    Lene  Andersen
    Health Guide
    March 17, 2009

    It's normal to be given both an anti-inflammatory and a DMARD together - DMARDs are disease modifying antirheumatic drugs like methotrexate, Paquenil and the Biologics and it usually takes a few months before they really kick in. Anti-inflammatories like Celebrex are given to provide symptomatic relief of pain and inflammation and will help you keep going while you wait for the Plaquenil to work. Even after Plaquenil has started working, you may need to continue with Celebrex, either on a regular basis or occasionally depending on your pain levels.

     

    Did your rheumatologist say you may have fibromyalgia? If that rings a bell, you can read more in the fibromyalgia area of our chronic pain site.

     


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  • babyfufinu January 13, 2014
    babyfufinu
    January 13, 2014

    could it be Sjogren's Syndrome?  This is what I have.  I noticed that you were taking Celebrex and Plaquenil together.  They seem to be working for me.  Seperately they don't seem to do much.

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    • babyfufinu
      January 13, 2014
      babyfufinu
      January 13, 2014

      Sometimes Sjogrens can be a secondary to RA.  At least this is what I have read. 

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    • Lene  Andersen
      January 14, 2014
      Lene  Andersen
      Health Guide
      January 14, 2014

      By then thank you so much for your contribution to the conversation. Although Sjogren's can be secondary to RA, as well as the primary disease in itself, it's an autoimmune disease, not muscle-related. A significant number of people with RA also have fibromyalgia, which has symptoms that involves muscles, although it is a disorder of the central nervous system.

      Having RA is like having a party of diseases! Wink

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