Humira....I'm scared of it.

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leigh10970
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   Posted 4/20/2009 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Well my doctor wants me to look over the information, but it doesn't seem really safe to me. I just wanted other's input on their experience with it. I have had RA for 10 years and only taken Plaquenil, but my disease has become really aggressive, thus the Humira. BUT- I also suffer with chronic sinusitis and the inection never goes away. Shouldn't that matter?

golitho
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   Posted 4/20/2009 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Take the humira. It is absolutely fantastic if it works for you, initially I could actually run again. A huge percentage of arthritis sufferers have wonderful results and there appears to be very little side effects. I get a small amount of itching around the injection site, thats it. Sinusitis is not life threatening, it depends on your doctors of course but now I'm only taken off humira if its a life threatening infection. I have a weakness for bronchitis (suffer from asthma) and initially they were taking me off humira to fight the bronchitis but my flares off the humira were so horrendous that now my rheumy has permission from my chest doctor to keep me on it unless I develop pneumonia. Unfortunately it is no longer working as well for me now but I seem to be an exception. I think it probably is still working just my arthritis is still refusing to go into remission. But I had a wonderful 4 months pain free, go for it!

leigh10970
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   Posted 4/20/2009 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for responding. That's what I needed was someone to say it's good. :)
I appreciate your input.

The Reverend
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   Posted 4/20/2009 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
G'day Enbrel is made from guinea pig protein, Remicade is made from mouse protien and Humira is the first TNF blocker made from human protien so it is the safest and has the least side affects Happy hunting and Yes to pain releaf.

psAinCanada
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   Posted 4/21/2009 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm 4 months on Humira with great results and no side effects at all. I've gone from having trouble walking to running 20 minutes per day, from bad pustular psoriasis to almost perfect skin. You have to make your own choice; we can only share our experiences and wish you the very best!
Healing well with psoriasis, PsA, and hypogonadism, and happy to share my experiences.
 


sjkly
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   Posted 4/22/2009 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I am in the same position-cronic sinusitis respritory infections about 4 times a year and arthritis that won't stop flaring even with plaquinel, methotrexate, and sulindac.
My doc talked enbrel for months then I had a uvitiis flare so she switched to talking Humira-It really scares me.

However, I did a lot of research before I chose a rhuemy. She is super smart, she was involved in the clinical trials for TNFs and I trust her. When she insists that it is time to start Humira I will do it-mainly out of blind faith in her.

leigh10970
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   Posted 4/23/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I know what you mean. The main thing that scares me is my always present sinus infection (it never subsides) and I have a heart murmur that requires medication to steady my heart beat and those commercials just don't sound encouraging. My rhuematologist sent home a big Humira practice kit with tons of information for me to read. I'm supposed to call him and talk to him next week and tell him what I think. I'm thinking that I'm gonna try it.

Just wondering what is a uvitiis flare?

sjkly
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   Posted 4/23/2009 6:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Uvititis is eye inflamation. It is related to autoimune disorders. According to Dr. Di Enbrel does not help Uvititis and Humira does-I can't remember all the studies she quoted but she certainly seemed to know what she was talking about.
And Humira only requires on shot every two weeks while with Enbrel its twice a week so I am all for trying Humira instead of Enbrel.
I am going to wait until she insists though.
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