Hello all :)

Hope you are all well and enjoying the sun!

At the weekend I took my first dose of Benepali. Wow, I haven't felt sick or had any nasty side affects like I'd previously had from methotrexate and sulfasalazine. The nurse was lovely and it finally felt like some of my questions were answered. So fingers crossed it helps.

Next month I am heading off for a two week trip to Europe. Does anyone have any RA travel tips?

Thanks! x

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  • Oo I dont think I could buy you all trinkets with my budget, sorry! I shall take lots of photos though :)

  • Following. I'm off to Croatia in a month. :) It's my first trip abroad since diagnosis/treatment... In fact, my first proper holiday since 2009! 😍 So I'm interested in travel tips too...

  • Good luck and enjoy! I'm travelling down the coast of croatia! what part are you heading to? x

  • Hi ccw

    I start my first injection of Benepali this Friday so it's good to hear you have had a good introduction to it......I'm hoping for the same.

    As a matter of interest.....are you also still taking Sulphasalazine with the Benepali? I have been told to take both but I see there can be contraindications when taking both. Very confusing.

    I'm off to Greece for 2 weeks soon as well. Happy holidays and hope the Benepali keeps working for you x

  • Thank you. I am just taking Benepali and neproxen. Not on Sulphasalazine, I was under the impression you couldnt take the two together. But could be wrong, have you called the nurse help line?

    Enjoy greece!! x

  • Yes will give them a call today and see what's to happen x

  • hi i am going to be starting benepali soon and was told to continue taking methotrexate for a time as it helps the benepali take effect, hope this helps

  • Hi, I haven't heard of Benepali before so had to look it up! Am I right that it's one of the new biosimilars?

  • Yes. I think it used to be called entercept?

  • Hopefully that means that the NHS will start using them more, when I asked my rheumy about biosimilars she said that she didn't know when or if they would. I'm currently on mtx injections and hydroxychloroquine, but I don't qualify for the traditional biologics.

    Hope it works well for you

  • Hi Lee.

    Yes this is a biosimilar of Etanercept. Much cheaper for the NHS so hopefully it will do exactly the same job as the original ones.

    I think the process is still the same for getting started on, failing on DMARD'S, high DAS score, no improvement in swelling/pain etc.

    I was on MTX injections which unfortunately didn't work for me and I had a bad reaction to Leflunomide. Sulphasalazine didn't do enough on its own so started on biologic Cimzia which helped a little but not enough...hence now Benepali for me also.

    Good luck with your own journey. All trial and error til the right thing works ☺

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