Without Enbrel, How Long Would It Take To Have The Symptom Back?

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Asked by May

Without Enbrel, How Long Would It Take To Have The Symptom Back?

I have RA since 1995 and have tried a lot of different kind med. On 8/28/08 I started on Enbrel and it worked for me with minor skin irritation. Last month-3/22 I got shingles on the right side of my waistline. Doctor gave me anti-viral med and was told to stop Enbrel. The last shot I took was on 3/9/10.

I would like to know, without Enbrel, how long it would take to have the symptom back. Up to now, about 33 days, I don't have any swollen joints. I feel like a normal person.

Answer

Usually, medications such as Enbrel takes about 6-8 weeks to really kick in, which means that it usually takes 6-8 weeks for the symptoms to return. I have heard that it's possible for a sort of drug-induced remission to be triggered and continue longer than that, but unfortunately, usually in rare cases. I would therefore recommend that you talk to your rheumatologist about your treatment options to protect your joints in case your symptoms return.

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Answered by Lene Andersen, MSW