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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Commenting: Guest
10/17/2019 - 09:12

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Commenting: Guest
10/17/2019 - 09:24

I would say yes. I already switched to a new one for a month now and I still feel fine.

Commenting: Guest
10/17/2019 - 09:29

I read this somewhere saying: Humira was linked to 169,000 reported serious adverse events and 13,000 reports of deaths, followed by Enbrel with 135,000 serious events and 8,000 deaths. After that, I decided to go to herbal medicines. we buy ugly houses columbia sc

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Commenting: Guest
06/24/2020 - 06:18

I would not change it without some proper due diligence and checking with the doctor.

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