I was advised to stop my Enbrel (Etanercept) injections two weeks before I am due to start the Orencia so that it has time to get out of my system and that just happens to be today, already. I have been on Enbrel for nearly seven years now and it was a wonder drug for me for many of those years; even when things did start to slide and we briefly switched to Anakinra, it became obvious that it had been doing something to help my symptoms since I became much worse during the time off it.
Of course I have known this day was coming for a while and I am happy that we are taking the right steps forward in my treatment but still, I am filled with a bit of apprehension and sadness; it feels like saying goodbye to an old friend. I guess it doesn’t help that they are eventually going to take away the Cyclosporin too in favour of Methotrexate. Up until now it has been a case of changing one or the other to something different, in order to find some improvement, but for the first time in nine years I will be without either.
But we have to take risks sometimes and the switch to Orencia and Mtx could mean a new lease of life once again, instead of the monotonous halflife I have been living recently.