Just started taking Xeljanz XR. Doctor wants me to get Covid -19 vaccine. I do not know which one to take (Pfizer, moderna, or J&J) or what to expect as far as side effects as a RA patient on Xeljanz XR.
Has anyone taken a Covid-19 vaccine while taking Xeljanz XR?
Question posted by dchandler on 5 July 2021
Last updated on 10 September 2021 by Charles Bronson
Do some more research as I take 11 mg of xeljanz daily for RA. Had covid and was only slightly symptomatic. Have not been vaccinated. Appears that xeljanz is used for people who get covid are in potential risk for severe symptoms related to covid. Look it up.
I am on Xeljanz 5mg twice a day and naprosyn. I had both injections of Moderna and the only side effects I noticed was fatigue the next day.
Hi! I’m on Xeljanz twice a day along with 25mg of Methotrexate by injection once per week. I should also mention that I’m in Ontario, Canada, so J&J isn’t an option for us at this time.
RA patients are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated by both the American Rheumatology College (ACR) and Canadian Rheumatology Association.
Based on the discussions I had with both my Rheumatologist and Primary Care doctor, I held both my Xeljanz and Methotrexate for one week after receiving my vaccinations (Pfizer for my first, and Moderna for my second). Based on the side effects my family, my friends and I experienced, I’d go for both shots being Pfizer, but that’s just a personal observation. I see the CDC recommends that you should receive the same vaccine for both vaccinations. The ACR website where that information is located is at rheumatology.org, then look for ‘ACR Update: COVID-19 Information & News.’
Because I live in a former hotspot area of the province of Ontario, I realize that the best vaccination is the first one you can get, but I know that’s not always the case for everyone.
Good luck, and take care!
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