Is Enbrel safe during pregnancy?
August 11, 2008 10:27 AM Subscribe
I take Enbrel for Psoriatic Arthritis and I want to get pregnant. Doctors have different responses about whether I will have to stop taking it in preparation for and during pregnancy or not. Enbrel is a category B drug. Do I have to suffer joint pain and horrible skin for 9+ months?
posted by marlys27 to Health & Fitness (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
One doctor, a rheumatologist, scared me by saying I should quit enbrel 6 or so weeks before attempting to get pregnant. I am 35 and it could take a while. I do not want to suffer while I pressure myself to get pregnant as soon as possible.
Another doctor, an OB/GYN, saw the designation as a category B drug and said no problem, keep taking it. That seemed a bit laissez-faire, but I want that to be true.
I would ideally like to find a doctor who has followed a woman through a pregnancy on Enbrel before, preferably more than one woman.
If it was just psoriasis, I would give up the Enbrel. But my last flare was so bad I could hardly walk. I exercise a lot and the pain was unbearable. I was taking a lot of advil just to be able to walk.
If you have any ideas about Enbrel's safety during pregnancy, or how to find an OB/GYN or Rheumatologist with experience with this I would appreciate it.
There is not a lot of information about this online. Some anecdotal stories about having taken it with no problems, but not a lot.