I am being treated for RA. My inflammation is getting worse and my rheumatologist is wanting me to go on Orencia when I finish my month of prednisone. Does anyone have any information reguarding this issue? I will discuss this with my pulmonologist my next appt. Just trying to get a much info. as I can.
I have arthritis and inflammatory disease and am taking Great Healthworks Omega-XL....it has done absolute wonders for me! After 4 days on this supplement I could literally feel the inflammation melt away in my back. Since RA is an inflammatory disease, this works wonderfully. When I run out for two weeks...I Really Know It. I will never be without this supplement if I can help it.
No info, but I would suggest you check with your pharmacist, too. They are often far more aware of potential conflicts with meds than docs are.
@A MyCOPDTeam Member My Pulmonologist told me that it was a good thing, he said that RA drugs were good for COPD. He also said that he would have to monitor me closer. For other reasons I have decided not to start the Oriencia now.
Do get your pulmonologists advice. Many of these drugs further weaken your immune system and with COPD just a small cold or respiratory virus can land you in the hospital. Your doc may be weighing the benefits against the risks but always as your pulmonologist to be involved in decisions like this. Mine is so good in that he evaluates things other doctors want to try against the quality of life. Many want guinea pigs or want to prescribe drugs when they can do nothing else, just to look like they are doing something. From About.com :"6 -- Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) should be carefully monitored while treated with Orencia.
In clinical trials, patients with COPD treated with Orencia developed more frequent adverse events -- including worsening COPD, cough, and difficulty breathing. Orencia should be used with caution in COPD patients."