ACTEMRA: FDA Approved Drugs and User Comments

User Comments:

For Rheumatoid Arthritis ” I told my doctor to take me off this drug after I found out there was a class action law suit developing after several deaths”

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 8, 2018

For Rheumatoid Arthritis “Helped greatly but still suffered terrible fatigue and pain along with upset stomach and weight gain”

Sher7777777777 (taken for 1 to 2 years) January 7, 2018

For Rheumatoid Arthritis “I previously gave this drug a 10, but after the 11th month, I had a heart attack and a week after that two stomach perforations causing me to vomit blood. Although Actemra helped my RA, my doctor immediately discontinued the drug after the heart attack. After the upper GI bleed, my doctor permanently discontinued Actemra due to the serious nature of the side effects. I think the drug needs more study and trials to determine if it is safe. I would not take it again.”

ColoradoRAFighter (taken for 6 months to 1 year) December 25, 2017

For Rheumatoid Arthritis “I had some positive experience from receiving Actemra . However about 1 year ago I suddenly developed pulmonary hypertension and RT sided heart failure, suddenly developed severe dyspnea, chest pain, chest & throat pressure, unable to lay flat or symptoms worsened. I was referred to a cardiologist who performed blood work. The BNP result being 982, a chemical stress test, a right sided heart cath that showed high pressure in the right side of the heart. I was referred to Dr who specializes in pulmonary HTN. After about 6 months he ordered repeat testing, Where we discovered the pulmonary HTN had subsided. Normal heart pressures and BNP decreased to approximately 200. No other RA meds taken since.”

JFSublett (taken for 1 to 2 years) November 8, 2017

For Rheumatoid Arthritis “I have had RA for over 30 yrs. It was one of the most efficient ones I have taken although I developed septic shock within the last 4 months from a local wound and the medication had reduced my immune system to the point of this terrifying experience.”

Snow99 (taken for 1 to 2 years) October 20, 2017

For Rheumatoid Arthritis “I was diagnosed with RA in 1987 after giving birth. Since then I have tried almost every drug available and my RA continues to ravage my joints. Actemra is working pretty well but I have had to go off of it for a time because my white blood count dropped too low. I’ve been back on it for almost a year, I had to reduce my methotrexate in order to keep the WBC up and take 3mg of folic acid daily and 1mg of prednisone with frequent use of meloxicam. I am on Medicare. I can not get assistance for the drug that worked well, Simponi. J&J did not offer assistance and I could not afford the high copay. The best thing about Actemra is the compassionate patient assistance team. They are always caring and helpful when I call them.”

treeod (taken for 2 to 5 years) May 16, 2017

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