is it ok to have your humira shot when you have a cold?

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survivor49
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   Posted 12/1/2008 9:11 PM (GMT -7)   
i have a garden variety cold- no fever, no shortness of breath, rapid strep test was negative. i am due for my humira shot in 2 days. Is it ok to give it?

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   Posted 12/1/2008 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
When I was taking Remicade and then Humira, I was not allowed a shot or infusion if I had a cold until someone checked out my lungs to make sure there was no congestion suggesting a possible pneumonia or bacterial bronchitis. The anti-TNFs are notorious for giving patients upper respiratory problems on their own. Is there someone you can call at the prescribing physician's office to run your situation past? They should know your history and be better able to advise you.
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ZenaWP
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   Posted 12/2/2008 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I give myself Humira even when I have an upper respiratory infection.  I know you aren't supposed to and me doing it doesn't mean it's okay, but as often as I get URIs and as long as they last, there's no way I could follow the guidelines of not doing it when you have or think you're getting an infection...I would never get any meds! 

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   Posted 12/2/2008 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Your cold should be somewhat better in a couple of days, so if you're still without a fever, I think I would go ahead. BUT, if your cold
goes to your chest, I would hold off, and see your doctor, who can then give you the all clear.
Vicky

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   Posted 12/2/2008 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I'd call the GI. Mine said as long as I don't have fever that isn't being treated, to go ahead but I'd check with yours to make sure.
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