My Doctor Wants To Switch Me From Enbrel To Humira. I Am Already Taking Methotrexate And Prednisone As Well. Can Anyone Tell Me Their Experiences, Side Effects, Thoughts, Etc.? Thanks, Deana

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Asked by Deana

My Doctor Wants To Switch Me From Enbrel To Humira. I Am Already Taking Methotrexate And Prednisone As Well. Can Anyone Tell Me Their Experiences, Side Effects, Thoughts, Etc.? Thanks, Deana

My SED rate is in the 120s so we are thinking the Enbrel isn't working and the Prednisone bursts and maintenance dosage don't seem to be controlling things. Also, I am borderline anemic again and heading down.

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I was an Enbrel for two years and then switched to Humira, which is working much better for me. The side effects are very similar to those of Enbrel, many of which can be kept down to a dull roar - check out my post on managing side effects for tips and tricks.

One of the interesting things about Humira is what it did to my anemia. I've had RA since I was four years old and my entire life, I have been horribly anemic to the point where every time I saw new doctor, they got all alarmed. I'd always try to calm them down and tell them not to worry because this is my normal. After I'd been on Humira for about a year, my doctor ordered some blood tests and when they came back, every number was black. They were all normal. I was no longer anemic. After 40 years of really severe anemia, Humira made it go away. My doctor even said that if you only looked at my blood tests, you'd think I was a perfectly healthy woman. Will the same thing happen to you? Who knows - we react differently to different drugs, but maybe you'll have the same experience I had.

Please let us know how it goes?

Answered by Lene Andersen, MSW