Ankylosing spondylitis - Humira

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Hi, I was diagnosed with Ankylosing spondylitis and Doctor advised me to take Humira which I have taken for 3 months. Then when I had my MRI the inflammation was reduced by 50%. Therefore Doctor asked me to continue this for another 6 months so it will go away.

I need to know after this if I can stop taking Humira as it is expensive for me. Please advise.

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    I will follow as I too have wondered if I can go off Enbrel at some time.  My rheumy says he's had patients that can go off meds and some that can't.  Of course the meds aren't curing AS, just "holding it at bay".  Eventually it rears its ugly head.

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      Each of the biologics work differently, so one might work and another not...

      such a disease, heh?  If at all possible for you financially, you should stay on what is working for you.  Maybe you'll see 100% after another 6 months!

      good luck on this journey!

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    If you look in the research section of NASS there is a research paper that showed that people who stopped biologics relapsed in I believe it was  within 14 weeks. The recommendation was that patients should continue it. After all it will only reverse the inflammation while your taking it, soon as you stop it will build up again. Many have said that it can be less effective after taking a long break from it. If you are in the uk, you don’t pay for your biologic, not even the prescription fee. I think some specialists have looked at reducing the frequency of the injections once you are well controlled. 
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      Apologies just see this post was originally 4yr ago, not sure why I re wives an email alert 😏

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    As a patient you are always in your right to transfer to a different drug, although all biologics are expensive, and there is no guarantee that a different one would work SI well. NSAIDs are very cheap and effective at controlling pain of many, but it does not appear to slow progression down in the same way biologics do I take it you are not in the Uk if you are paying this for yourself. Many Americans I know on forums talk about co pay, some only pay $5 per syringe. If you are from the USA there is a Facebook group for Ankylosing Spondylitis that would be betttr to guide you. It is a closed group do it does not show to friends and family, and can be a safe place to ask or vent. 
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      Maureen, Thank you very much for sharing info. I am a Sri Lankan and it costs around GBP 1,375 when I purchase it from here. It contains 2 which is sufficient for a month. My Doctor said after taking it for another 6 months I can change to another medicine as Salfar drug was allergic to me. I am wondering if I stop the disease will again spread.
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    It will almost certainly tear its ugly head again. How do they expect people to pay out of pocket for these. Is it worth contacting the manufacturers and see if they offer discounts as they do in America for people whose insurance won’t cover it. This is the best medicine available. Methotrexate I also takes which helps with the peripheral pains but not effective on the spine. I hope someone can offer you financial support 
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