Hello, Mommoris. I saw my rheumy today and she said she wants me to take MTX becauseit isn't as hard on the liver as Arava. I agreed to take the MTX. I have read several accounts of people taking Arava having trouble with liver enzymes and high blood pressure. Does your MD want to increase the Arava you are taking now or just continue you on the same dosage? Are you liver enzymes really high? As for Embrel, it seems that some people develop antiboides to biologics, and they stop working after a while. The good news is that they can try another biologic, and it does work for them. Did you doc say anything about trying one of the other biologic meds? If I were you, I would make an appointment with the rheumy to discuss your options and then try to come to a consensus of what is best for you. I'm not a doc. I'm a patient, just like you.
I understand your concern about the Arava. I would feel the same way.
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