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When do I know it is time to consider a biologic?

I take take Placquinil 200mg daily, I stopped Methotrexate injections because I did not feel the benefit, I also stopped Cymbalta 60mg daily. But perhaps I am harming myself by not taking the drugs?

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How safe is prednisone with a history of glaucoma and cataracts?

I can no longer take NSAIDS because of potential renal disease and prednisone has been suggested as a replacement (5 mg/day) for my achy joints. Despite having peripheral iridotomies done to both eyes to prevent angle closure glaucoma, I developed an acute attack in one eye. The glaucoma made the cataract worse and it was removed.

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I was given a diagnosis of RA and Lupus. I feel I do not have lupus, no clinical signs. Can a doctor go on blood tests only?

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I was given a diagnosis of RA and Lupus and have been treated with plaquenil for many years. I feel I do not have lupus, no clinical signs. Can a doctor go on blood tests only?

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How great is the risk of losing vision with Plaquinel?

I am presently taking 15 mg. of Prednisone (began at 60 in August) for Giant Cell Arteritis. I am an artist, and the thought of losing my vision is more than I can bear! Now, in the hope of slowing down the advance of my R.A., I have also begun Plaquinel. How great is the risk of losing vision with Plaquinel?

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Effect of Remicade, pred., MTX, plaquenil, celebrex on fracture healing

Complete fracture of ulna 4 weeks ago. Also hairline fracture of elbow. In a long arm cast for 2 wks at which time x-rays showed healing. Put in fracture brace - within 3 days agonizing pain, feeling of bones moving. X-ray showed nonunion - in other words arm rebroke. Back in long arm cast for 2 weeks hoping to avoid recommended surgery.

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