"Tell your doctor if you think you have an infection, are being treated for an infection, have signs of an infection (such as a fever, cough, or flu-like symptoms), have any open cuts or sores on your body, get a lot of infections or have infections that keep coming back, have or had hepatitis B infection, take the medicine Kineret (anakinra), have TB or have been in close contact with someone who has TB. Your doctor should test you for TB before starting HUMIRA. If your doctor prescribes any medicine for the treatment of TB, you should start taking it before starting HUMIRA and take the full course of TB medicine prescribed.
Also, tell your doctor if you have any numbness or tingling, or have a disease that affects your nervous system such as multiple sclerosis, have heart failure, are scheduled for any vaccines or major surgery, are pregnant, become pregnant, plan to become pregnant or are breastfeeding."
I started Humira about 6 weeks ago. All I had to do was a TB skin test. This took about 2 days.. I had to get the stuff injected in my arm and then had to have it checked 2 days later. The test was the easy part. It was done fairly quickly.
The hard part for me was fighting with the insurance company to cover it. They had the idea that I shouldn't get on Humira unless I tried Remicade first and failed. I had been on everything else - prednisone, pentasa, imuran, flagyl - and it all pretty much wore off after time. I have a young child, and my doctor didn't see me being able to go into the facility to get the infusions. They finally covered it after some hard work on my GI's part. Honestly, it took about 2 months from the time my GI decided to put me on it until the time I took my first injections.
Once the medicine was approved, I had the starter kit delivered to my door in about 3 days. I have a few little side effects (being thirsty and headaches every once and awhile), but I've felt better that I've felt in a long time.
The imuran kept me in full remission for about 4 years, but it did take about a month to start working. I had no side effects from that.
I just had to do a TB test,but have monthly blood work.I started Humira three months ago and my scope showed major inflammation,just had a scope last week,and the inflammation was gone,it was gone so much that my GI was able to stretch my stricture!! I had no problems with my insurance,and only have to pay a $20 copay each month.
Post Edited (CrohnsDaddy) : 1/15/2008 7:44:34 PM (GMT-7)
My son is on Humira. We did not have any trouble with our insurance, except we had to get prior authorization. He had failed other immunosuppressants, but was never on remicade. After first injections, he showed some improvement. After second injection, quite a lot of improvement. In less than three months his sed rate has gone from 40 to 2 and labs are totally normal, which is unheard of.
He did have to do a TB test. You cannot start Humira if you show signs of TB.