My RA Drugs

Drug Type Start Stop / Notes
Methotrexate 25 mg DMARD 7/12/2008 9/15/2008
Humira TNF Blocker 1/15/2009 8/12/2009
Simponi TNF Blocker 8/12/2009 12/9/2009
Enbrel TNF Blocker 12/9/2009 4/18/2011
Enbrel + 10 mg leflunomide TNF Blocker 4/18/2011 2/1/2012
Orencia + 10 mg leflunomide T-Cell 2/1/2012 10/16/2013
Cimzia + 20 mg leflunomide TNF Blocker 10/16/2013 3/19/2014
Xeljanz + 20 mg leflunomide JAK Inhibitor 3/19/2014 8/28/2014
Remicade + 20 mg leflunomide TNF Blocker 8/28/2014 12/28/2014 Stopped leflunomide 3/15/15
Kineret Interleukin-1 12/28/2014 5/1/2015
Prednisone (10 mg or 5 mg) Steroid 3/15/2015 6/26/15
Actemra Interleukin-6 6/24/2015 1/7/16 Increased from one inj every other week to once a week 7/20/15. Changed to infusion (4mg/kg) every four weeks on 11/16
Actemra + Methotrexate + Meloxicam Interleukin-6 1/8/2016 Increased Actemra infusion from 4mg/kg to 8 mg/kg, added 15 mg. methotrexate (via injection weekly) plus folic acid for side effects. Added meloxicam  8/18/16 Stopped 10/16
Simponi Aria + Methotrexate TNF Blocker 12/2/16

7 thoughts on “My RA Drugs”

  1. Hello Carla
    Sounds like we have some common health issues. I have been on about every drug ever made and Rituxin has been the answer to my RA. Unfortunately it was not available 30 years ago as most of my meds are now treatment for the degeneration.
    I found your site in a search of Buzz Burkhead. I have some questions and would like to communicate by email if you have time.
    Best of luck and hope to you on fighting this disease.

  2. Have you looked into MTHFR? So sorry for what you are going though! My sister also has RA – very bad case.

  3. Wow you have been on a lot of meds
    I’m on simponi now, I developed antibodies to humara and enbrel the last 14 months I have been bed ridden not happy on how long the meds are taking to kick in. This is the worse my Ra has ever been I was diagnosed in 1998

    • Hi Lala: I’m sorry that you’re having such troubles. Not everyone knows that you can actually develop antibodies to medications just like you can to bacteria and viruses. Simponi worked well for me and I’ll hold you in my thoughts with the hope that it will also work for you and soon!

  4. Thanks Carla
    I’m also taking leflunomide I stopped taking it for a week upon dr approval
    I was getting servers pain in fingers along with tingling since I stopped the pain subsided, dr claims she doesn’t think it’s the med so I don’t know if I want to restart.

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