Is anyone on azathioprine? Arcoxia (etarocoxib)? Versatis (lidocaine) plasters?

I have atypical PMR (i.e. with normal blood results) and also degenerative changes in my spine. I saw my rheumatologist yesterday. Because I have diabetes and hypertension, and because steroids worsen my depression, she feels it is best to give a steroid-sparing medication and slowly reduce my prednisolone to 5mg daily. (I'm currently on 11mg.) She has put me on azathioprine 50mg daily for a week, then increasing to twice daily.

Has anyone else had this and, if so, how did you find it? I will have to have regular blood tests.

She also prescribed etorocoxib. My GP wouldn't give COX-2 inhibitors because of the cardiac risks, but the rheumatologist says that they are increasingly finding that the older NSAIDs also increase the risk and many people only need the COX-2 medication every three days once established, which reduces the risk. She said that if I wanted to change from that I could have meloxicam (also COX-2, but longer-established). I've been asking for that for ages as it works so well on animals! I just have to remember not to ask for Metacam (the veterinary name!)

Well - I must do some cage-cleaning now, and put my latest little pets in a more open hammock so they can't hide! Two of them are really too young to have been homed (only the size of mice) but I'll give them a good diet, as a breeder would. Both of those are wavy-coated - one grey and white and one caramel and white, then I have a semi-hairless girl, white/ivory with black eyes. She's 8-9 weeks and much braver.

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  • HI,

    I am not on that particular drug, but I am on an anti -TNF program, where I inject myself once a month.

    Take care

    Jane x

  • Well - the first blood test was OK, next one Monday. I'm not sure if it is the Arcoxia but, despite reduced steroids, I've had much less pain this last few days.

  • hiya ive been on arcoxia for at least 15 years for cronic lower back pain if i dont take it for a few days for some reason or other then my pain starts up bad im on 90mg xx

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