Had an appointment with my rheumatologist this morning. Some of you already know I had to stop taking mtx approx. 6 weeks ago due to a stubborn UTI. Can't go back on it either because it can cause complications with interstitial lung disease that I've recently been diagnosed with. As most RA meds can also cause lung problems the number of meds I can now take has become very limited.
Anyway, a couple of meds that we can try were mentioned, namely - rituximab, azathioprime, gold injections and mycophenolate, which is the one that we've decided to try. Apparently it can also be beneficial to my ILC, leaves the body fairly quickly if I should get an infection and is relatively safe compared to other DMARDs, which all sounds good providing it works of course...here's hoping as I could certainly do with a change of luck!
I believe mycophenolate is more commonly used in other conditions like lupus and rarely used for RA unless, as with me, there are complications with other health issues. So I'm wondering if anyone here with RA is using or has tried mycophenolate in the past as I'd like to hear your experiences? I start taking it on May 9th, providing this darned UTI has cleared. I submitted my latest urine sample last thursday and should have had the results today, but apparently the container leaked, so my son will be taking another sample to the lab in the morning as he works in the hospital I frequent, so I should have the results in the next couple of days. Here's hoping on that one as well......../