How many of you made the switch from Remicade to Humira?

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Julie1014
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   Posted 8/11/2008 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been on Remicade for a little over two years, and it has helped me tremendously.  However, my GI feels I am building up antibodies, because I'm not doing very well.  How many of you made the switch to Humira, and has it helped you more than the Remicade?  I am awaiting approval from Humira reimbursement because it is so expensive.  Thank you in advance for your time. 
 
Blessings, Julie :-)
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (Pancolitis) 10/25/05
New Diagnosis of Crohn's March 2006
Asacol 3 pills three times a day
Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks
Prednisone 12mg a day
Imuran 75mg
Miralax as needed, Cortisone enemas as needed
Prevacid 30mg
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)
 
 
 
 
 


LavenderBlue
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   Posted 8/11/2008 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I switched and the humira didn't help me. i'm back on remicade it's not helping now either :(
lavender
 
diagnosed: Crohn's Aug 2005
 
other set-backs: Vasculitis Aug 2006, Sub-total Colectomy (10 inches of colon left) Feb 2007, Ogilivie's Syndrome Mar 2007, Pulmonary Embolism Sept 2007, Collapsed lung Oct 2007, Recto/Vaginal fistula Nov 2007
 
drugs: Imuran, Remicade, Prednisone, Fentanyl, Warfarin, Flagyl, Cipro, Celexa, Ferrous Gluconate, Acidopholous


Jack11
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Total Posts : 48
   Posted 8/11/2008 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I switched and have had pretty much the same results.
 

Aimee =)
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   Posted 8/11/2008 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I switched and it worked fantastic.

Stef17
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   Posted 8/11/2008 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I switched after 6 &1/2 years on remicade, it's holding me pretty well, but not quite as well as I'd like it too. Still, I can't complain, it's WAY better than being sick.

Bane
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   Posted 8/12/2008 12:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I switched and didnt really see much improvement. switched to some other drug now, doesnt have a proper name yet.
20, Male, diagnosed over Christmas Break of my Junior year in High School. BEST CHRISTMAS EVAR LOL

(not really)


Julie1014
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   Posted 8/12/2008 2:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for all of your replies!
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (Pancolitis) 10/25/05
New Diagnosis of Crohn's March 2006
Asacol 3 pills three times a day
Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks
Prednisone 12mg a day
Imuran 75mg
Miralax as needed, Cortisone enemas as needed
Prevacid 30mg
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)
 
 
 
 
 


ZenaWP
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   Posted 8/13/2008 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I went from Remicade to Cimzia to Humira.  All put/kept my gut in remission, but none has helped enough with the arthritis.  Cimzia and Humira have helped equally and more than the Remicade did.  The convenience of Humira compared to Remicade is significant. 

Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 


Julie1014
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   Posted 8/13/2008 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you, Zena. Yes, the Humira would be much more convenient than sitting in an infusion clinic every 4th Friday......
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (Pancolitis) 10/25/05
New Diagnosis of Crohn's March 2006
Asacol 3 pills three times a day
Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks
Prednisone 12mg a day
Imuran 75mg
Miralax as needed, Cortisone enemas as needed
Prevacid 30mg
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)
 
 
 
 
 


Bane
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Total Posts : 589
   Posted 8/13/2008 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I actually prefer the infusions. Giving myself injections creeps me out to no end.
20, Male, diagnosed over Christmas Break of my Junior year in High School. BEST CHRISTMAS EVAR LOL

(not really)


XMailLady
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 8/14/2008 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
It really not that bad ...the Humira injections...you can choose between a syringe (that would be the creeps) or the pen. I use the pen. The needle is hidden, you get a pratice pen to play with before you actually do the real injection. Its rather very easy and takes a couple of sec. or less to do.

MishBall2
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 345
   Posted 8/15/2008 7:59 AM (GMT -7)   
 Bane,  I also prefer infusions.  It gives me a forced day off of work and I enjoy my nurse and the other girl I do it with.  
 
I'm trying to conceive though and my doctor wants me to stop remicade for 3rd trimester, but this would be the 3rd time i've stopped remicade for about 4 months (last two times was due to insurance).   I'm afraid that it wont work after this, so i'm also interested in everyone's responses on this issue.
33 years old. Diagnosed in 2002ish. 
Taking Asacol, Lomotil TID, and on Remicade since 2004. 
Lower Bowel area only, except for the short stint (about 2 weeks) that I had mouth sores.  Also have external/anal fistula and anal/vaginal fistula. 
 


potatoqwn
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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 355
   Posted 8/15/2008 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I switched and it made a huge difference to me. Humira is much more effective and much easier to take.
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