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Study finds Enbrel ineffective for arthritis patients

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Pittsburgh, PAA new study out of the University of Pittsburgh has found that arthritis patients have another option in treatment to avoid Enbrel side effects.

The medication has been reportedly associated with an increased risk of serious fungal infection and tuberculosis to those who take it for their rheumatoid arthritis.

However, researchers led by Dr. Larry W. Moreland studied a total of 755 patients, mostly white women, who had early rheumatoid arthritis, WebMD reports. All had an average of less than four months since they were diagnosed and none had received disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs).

After two years, the researchers found there was no significant "difference in disease activity" after a study looked at participants on the traditional DMARDs and those on a combination of methotrexate and the TNF blocker Enbrel.

"What this means in real clinical practice is that patients should be started on methotrexate alone, with other drugs added only if they don't respond," Moreland told the news provider. "You always want to try to expose the patient to as few drugs as possible."

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I recently stopped using Enbrel due to difference in opinion of my true medical diagnosis. I was given Enbrel 50mg injections to take starting in 2011. My doctor noted that I had developed severely dry skin on my hands and scoldingly suggested that I wear gloves while cleaning. I still cannot get the extremely dry skin on my hands to stop and it sometimes tears off in thick sections around my fingertips. I also noticed that the rest of my skin is very dry.
My new rheumatologist dismisses the earlier diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis as did a spinal surgeon.

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I have been on Enbrel 50 mg inj for several years. I have been having sever, on going skin cancers. I went back to my RA Dr. and dr said what wrong with you arms and hands. I said I having bad skin cancers. Dr said o I cant write you no more Enbrel its causing skin cancers. I have had in three years 1 on my noise cut out, looks bad scar. 1 in top of my head cut out. 8 cut out and 4 blue lights 2 on my head and 2 on my arms and hands. Skin cancers keep coming. My Dermatologist Dr said, she had never seen so many skin cancers on no ones hands and arms.

I cant find a Lawyer to even take my case.

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My husband was on Methotrexate Injection for over 10 years .
He got a serious infection after 3 mouths Of toll knee replacement .
Dr Had to take out all hard wear of knee persently getting 6 weeks of AXB IV then Replace permanent knee .
We stopped the drug .
Let me Know what you think ?

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after 3 months on enbrel I have developed something like psoriasis with the skin literally falling off my hands, creating painful cracking.

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