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Biologics; has anyone tried any?

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#1 amberjolie


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Posted 19 January 2012 - 08:34 PM

My husband, who has ankylosing spondylitis, has found some relief using biologics. For him, he first tried Remicade, but he doesn't do well with intravenous things, so he switched to Etanercept (Enbrel). He wanted me to push the rheumatologist to get me to try Infliximab (Remicade), which will likely be very difficult unless I try other medications first. The insurance companies don't like to cover it until everything else has been tried first.

But I don't see a large amount of information out there regarding scleroderma and biologics. I don't think they've been specifically "approved" for scleroderma.

So I was wondering if anyone on this forum had any experience with any biologics, whether it be Infliximab (Remicade), Etanercept (Enbrel), Adalimumab (Humera), or I think there's one other new one that I can't think of the name. If so, what are you trying or what have you tried? What benefits, or lack of benefits, have you had?

#2 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 06:05 AM

Hello Amberjoilie

Firstly I have to direct you to the information we have on site about biologics, secondly I have to say I have no first hand experience but I do have a friend with scleroderma who had IV infusions of Rituximab. We're in the UK and she felt better after it with minimal side effects. I see her tomorrow so will try and remember to ask her a bit more about it.

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#3 Joelf


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Posted 20 January 2012 - 09:50 AM

Hi Amberjolie,

Like Amanda, I'm afraid I have no first hand experience with biologics but I do expect we will have other members who will be able to give you some first hand information.

We have another link here Biologic Therapy for Systemic Sclerosis (SSc): A Systematic Review which I hope you'll find interesting and informative.

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