not just going down to one 25m shot a week, but doing two half- 25m shots per week... I keep getting sick when i do a shot, but im afraid the medicine wont work if i do a half shot. Has anyone ever tried something like this with success? I have psoriatic arthritis and the enbrel does wonders on my knees, but the sinus problems that follow each injection have become intolerable.
I'm not sure about the half dose, but I was switched from the 50m once a week, prefilled pens, to the 25m prefilled syringes twice weekly doses. That has helped with some of the side effects, but she has mentioned just recently about changing me to the type where I draw the Enbrel out myself - apparently, this type has less side effects - you may ask your doctor about that.
I take Enbrel twice a week at 25 ml. Since it weakens your immune system, you have to stop it when you get an infection. I have used a saline spray twice daily in my nostrils for twenty years, initially when I was on methotrexate. I now take Enbrel with MTX. I've not had any problems with my sinuses since.
If you get open sores in your nose, put some bacitracin on them. I've also had canker (sp) sores in my mouth. I tried Ambesol and other OTC "stuff" for those sores.
I hope this info helps.
- Enbrel Information for Consumers
- Enbrel Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Enbrel (detailed)
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