July 9, 2012 – After being off drugs for a while, I went back to my rheumatologist. I haven’t been doing well. She started me back on Orencia and 10 mg of Arava. In addition, I’m temporarily on Celebrex and 5mg of prednisone.
Starting the end of June 2012, I stopped the Mobic (and protonix to protect my stomach). This may change in July during my next scheduled visit to my rheumatologist.
From February 2012 until mid-March 2012, I was on Orencia along with Arava. I was having good luck with it, but had to go off of it for knee surgery. I started on Mobic in preparation for, during, and after surgery and I felt so good, that I convinced my rheumatologist to let me take a vacation from the “big” drugs. I am currently on 15 mg of Mobic each day along with 40 mg of Protonix to help protect my stomach.
From December 2011 until February 2012 I was on the following prescription medications to help control my RA:
Enbrel- 50 mg injection weekly (starting 12/9/09)
Arava – 10 mg daily (starting 4/18/11)
Folic Acid – 5000 mg daily (starting 7/23/11)
Protonix – 40 mg 2x daily (re-starting 12/12/11)
Tylenol and Aleve
I was previously on Methotrexate which I couldn’t tolerate and Humira which was not effective for me. I went on Simponi for five months. It worked wonderfully — for a week, but started wearing off quickly after that.
Until the end of April 2009, I was also on Celebrex and Protonix to protect my stomach from the Celebrex. I got off both (along with, temporarily my Enbrel) in anticipation of rotator cuff surgery. After four weeks of doing fine without either of them, I discontinued both drugs officially in June 2010. I restarted Protonix in December 2011 after developing an ulcer.