• 3 months ago

    Remission or beat down immune system?

    For about 8 years I was on a weekly injection of Enbrel for my psoriatic arthritis. While taking Enbrel I could take "killed virus" vaccines only.

    Now my arthritis is in remission. It is not clear to me if the disease has backed off or if my immune system has been permanently beaten down.

    The question is can I take vaccines with weakened viruses or not?

    Has my immune system bounced back and the arthritis remains in remission or my immune system has been compromised and I cannot take the weakened virus vaccines?

    I have been off the Enbrel for 3 years now.


  • 2 months ago

    RE: Remission or beat down immune system?

    It is great that your psoriatic RA has been in remission for a whole three years and your doctor decided to discontinue the Embrel injections. Your question about vaccinations really needs to be answered by a qualified rheumatologist because, as I'm sure you know, your disease doesn't permanently go away. Only your doctor can tell if your immune system can tolerate a live vaccine. Make the call and ask.
      • 2 months ago
        I asked my regular Internist and he kind of waffled. I don't see the rheumatologist anymore because I have no symptoms (other than the damage to the joints up until it went in remission.
      • 2 months ago
        Me again!
        I would still give their office a call. Another suggestion would be your pharmacist. They are very familiar with how those meds work and should be able to tell you if you can take live vaccine now. My understanding is that you may not receive live vaccine while taking a biologic.