Is is okay to go off of Enbrel after being on it for a year or so and try something new?Is is okay to go off of Enbrel after being on it for a year or so and try something new?

I do not want to have a shot weekly for the rest of my life. What would be a good alternate medication to try after a year of being on Enbrel?

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Dr. Justus Fiechtner says:

There are multiple alternative medications to Enbrel, most of which would be less frequent injection than once a week, including Humira (every 2 weeks under the skin like Enbrel), Cimzia (2 injections monthly at the same time or 1 injection every 2 weeks), Simponi (injections once a month) and intravenous infusions such as Remicade (as infrequently as 1 month), Orencia (IV monthly) and Actemra (IV monthly). Obviously, this should be discussed with your rheumatologist, because of their specific preferences and with the insurance carrier, which frequently charges you a different amount for different meds, depending on your specific policy.

Answered on: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 13:47


Commenting: Guest
01/02/2013 - 03:14

I am currently taking this medication. I am looking into changing it for something different.
I hoping to live in a different country and have looked into the cost of Enbrel, very expensive, and this may well stop our move.
I am asking what are the cost of other injections mentioned above.

Commenting: Guest
02/01/2013 - 10:52

This enbrel injection is very costly is there any alternate medicines for Ankyeloging Spondylisis. I am buying 14000 Rupees/injection in chandigarh.
Please tell me where i can buy this injection or alternate medicines in less price.
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