I have rheumatoid arthritis. I've recently started a course of treatment on Tocilizumab - I'm in my 6th week, this was after having no joy with a course of treatment Adalimumab.
So my current medication is Tocilizumab, 20mg weekly of Methotrexate, folic acid 5mg all days bar Methotrexate day , interspersed with Ibuprofen, paracetamol and Prednisolone.
My question is that I recently had a blood test after 4th injection of Tocilizumab which showed a dramatic reduction on CRP levels , for a few days after the blood test I did feel a marked difference in my health for the better , however I then went downhill again . I'm at a loss as to whether the Tocilizumab is doing its job or am I just on this continual roller coaster of good days bad days. I'm due another blood test in a few weeks but should I get hopeful or not should the CRP levels be reduced as before. In other words is it the medication or is it the ups and downs of the RA inflammation ?
Comments would be appreciated from users of Tocilizumab
Thanks in anticipation