Humira Approval

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LMills
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1753
   Posted 9/11/2008 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
So, my father received a letter from blue cross blue shield stating that finally I am approved to take humira if I choose. Of course now I have no idea if I will or not..
I just am wondering if I should stay on the medication I'm on now and see if I continue to improve or if I've hit a wall as far as the healing process goes. This is because of the possible obstruction/stricture problems I have going on as well as the side effects from the prednisone and others. I would love to be able to take simply some maintenance medication and then the humira. I was just wondering how those of you who are taking it came to decide to take it?
I want to reach remission, but I don't know if I can do it just on what I'm on now. It feels like things are improving, but at the same time I feel like I've hit some sort of edge..
20 years old, Diagnosed with severe Crohn's and colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone, pentasa, alinia, bentyl, prilosec, tandem plus, and the occasional ultracet
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy(very possibly due to Crohn's inflammation) in July of 2008.
Due to start Imuran September 17 depending on blood results.


ZenaWP
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 884
   Posted 9/12/2008 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   

LMills, I have been on Humira for about 2 1/2 months. I started it after trying Remicade (allergic reactions and antibodies developed after a year) and Cimzia (did a clinical trial for about a year and it kept my Crohn's in remission but still had a lot of arthritis problems). 

I decided to switch to Humira to see if it would help more with the arthritis and I've got to say that it hasn't.  I believe that I'm having a flare up, but it is much more mild than ones I had in the past, before and when I was on Remicade.  My doctors can get Humira approved for more than once every 2 weeks and nothing else we've tried in addition to it seems to be helping any. 

I have talked to my GI about going back on Cimzia, but it is only available once a month and I used to get it every 2 weeks on the clinical trial I was on.  Even then, it wore off a couple of days before the 2 weeks was up...there is no way I could make it a month on it.  So, for now, I am staying on Humira and just hoping that things improve somehow.   


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

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