Humira and Remicade Questions - Cost, Assistance, Results

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craizy_daizy
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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 6/18/2009 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Having never tried either, but heading in the direction of choosing one or the other (for fistulizing Crohn's --have had a small bowel fistula to the skin for 6 months), does anybody have any advice on whether one is "better" than the other?

Does anybody know the precise costs of each (I do not have insurance)? Or know how to go about getting assistance through the companies?

I am applying for Medicaid, but unless I am found to be disabled, I will be denied. So cost may be a factor in my decisions, although Humira is much more accessible (would have to travel for Remicade infusions).

I actually am taking the triple antibiotic therapy right now (anti-MAP), have been for 3 months, and am very reluctant to try these biologic drugs, but am trying to convince myself one way or the other very soon.

Any words of wisdom would be appreciated. Thanks.
craizy_daizy

-22 y/o alaskan
-resection oct '08
-diagnosed nov '08
-currently on levaquin, clarithromycin, & rifampin


Bobbye
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Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 6/19/2009 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
go to www.myhumira.com for payment assistance and drug info. So far its working for me. They use a sliding scale based on income if you have no insurance. Apply for SSI yet? I received my SSI benefits, but it took 3 years to do so! In the mean time I was on medicaide. Try the biologic's of nothing else has worked hun..side effects are rare and worth the risk to be better! Just stay away from stress and know your body!
Gook Luck!
Bobbye

patientspiders
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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 733
   Posted 6/19/2009 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Remicade was my wonder drug when I was fistulizing. I agreed to it before I had too much time to doubt my choice, and never looked back. Now I've been through Humira, and currently Cimzia.... still no regrets, but wishing I could find something that worked as well for me as the Remicade did. I'm a bit sick of biologics, and they are apparently sick of me too. If I were fistulizing again though - I wouldn't hesitate to give Remicade another try. For me, nothing was worse than the fistulas and abscesses.
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
Remicade '05 through '08, with no other maintenance meds
Noticing a real difference with a Gluten-Free diet.
Currently on:
Cimzia (started 2-12-09)
Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes, Forvia vitamins, and calcium chewies
Prednisone free, again! WHOOPIE!

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