From Remi to Humira? Too soon?

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festeris101
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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 5/16/2010 8:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
I have to quit Remi and switch to Humira and it will be approx. 8 weeks from my last 10mg dose of Remi to my first loading doses of Humira. Why do I need a loading dose of Humira if I already did that for Remi? Also is that too much medication in that 8 week period? Anyone else done this.

Thanks (I posted this in UC forum too as I have both)
35 mg Fosamax - weekly - OFF
15 mg Prednisone - daily - OFF
250 mg - Imuran - daily
20 mg - Prilosec - daily
First Remicade infusion - 10/14/09 - Hoping & praying for it to work...
Second Remicade infusion - 10/27/09 - working like a charm!
Now at 10 mg every 6 weeks and looks like I'm almost in full remission! I'm working out some food allergy issues though that causes me IBS. But this is NOTHING compared to the Crohn's/Colitis crap that I was suffering from prior to Remicade!


SSG Mommy
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Date Joined May 2010
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   Posted 5/16/2010 11:42 PM (GMT -7)   
When I first started on Humira my GI had me start when I would normally go in for my infusion. I was getting Remicade every 5 weeks and was on it for about a year and a half. The only reaction I had to the Remicade was breaking out in hives for a couple of days after which cleared up with Benadryl. I switched to Humira because of my occupation. I'm in the Army, am a single mom, and am enrolled in college full time. I just didn't like my life having to revolve around my treatments and the Humira gave me my freedom back.
SSG Mommy
Diagnosis: Chrons Disease (2005)
Current Meds: Lialda, Humira, Nexium, Flagyl, Lomotil
 
 


Iram
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Date Joined Jul 2003
Total Posts : 145
   Posted 5/17/2010 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I am also considering a switch, because Remi is not working for me for more than 2 weeks (to be exact and I start to flare), I am not sure if I am ready though because Remi is a frontline drug for CD so, if i were go to humira, I am not sure how effective it will be. Those two weeks on remi are pretty good, I know I start to look forward to my next infusion. Your experiences and suggestions are appreciated. Oh, by the way, I am pred-dependent (can't be weaned away).

festeris101
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 115
   Posted 5/17/2010 6:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Pred. dependant...how I feel for you. Thanks for your input!
35 mg Fosamax - weekly - OFF
15 mg Prednisone - daily - OFF
250 mg - Imuran - daily
20 mg - Prilosec - daily
First Remicade infusion - 10/14/09 - Hoping & praying for it to work...
Second Remicade infusion - 10/27/09 - working like a charm!
Now at 10 mg every 6 weeks and looks like I'm almost in full remission! I'm working out some food allergy issues though that causes me IBS. But this is NOTHING compared to the Crohn's/Colitis crap that I was suffering from prior to Remicade!


Stef17
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Date Joined Feb 2003
Total Posts : 1811
   Posted 5/17/2010 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   
When I switched from remi to humira I was also on the 10mg dose and I was getting infusions every 6 weeks. I personally didn't feel like it was too much medication to take at once (loading dose of humira). I didn't have any negative reaction. I hope it all goes well for you!!!

ZenaWP
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 884
   Posted 5/17/2010 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I went from Remicade to Cimzia (when it was in the clinical trial stages) and they said I just needed to wait the normal 6 weeks that I went in between infusions.  I also did the loading dose for Cimzia right away.  Humira and Cimzia are different from Remicade, so you still need to do the loading dose to get it in your system. 

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

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