Humira and Hepatitis...

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Mr.X
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   Posted 6/1/2010 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone. I would like to consult you regarding my Humira med.

I did a blood test a while ago, and it says on the paper "hepatitis B surface antigen NEGATIVE" and "Anti HCV positive"...so what does that mean? do I have any sort of hepatitis or not, God forbid? (even thou I never had, however, I did went into medical surgery twice) and if so, should I stop taking Humira or not? I called my doctor clinic to ask him about it and they told me he will give me a call as soon as possible. And of course I'm not gonna do anything until I talk with him, but in the mean time, I would like to know your opinions. Thanks for your time.

P.S. today is my Humira injection, and I haven't take it yet. Is their any problem to postpone its time in a later part of the day?

Post Edited (Mr.X) : 6/1/2010 11:15:51 AM (GMT-6)


Jonny Five
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   Posted 6/1/2010 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   
The anti-HCV test looks for antibodies to Hepatitis C in your blood.  A positive result generally indicates that you have been exposed to Hepatitis C, however this doesn't mean you have an active infection - you may have just been exposed to Hep-C in the past.  There is also the possibility of a false positive, so it could mean absolutely nothing.  They will likely follow up with more tests if they are concerned.  I have no idea what you should do about it, but that's what the result means.
 
As for delaying Humira, I have postponed my Humira shots by as much as 2 days in the past with no ill-effects.  The Humira nurses have suggested delaying my shot by a day or two on a few occasions (travelling, active cold/flu infection).  You can always contact the Humira hotline if you are concerned, but as always, your doctor is your best resource.  Hopefully he gets back to you soon.
 
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P.S. I just noticed that this is your first post.  Welcome to the board, I hope you are doing well.

Mr.X
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   Posted 6/1/2010 4:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for your warm welcoming :) and yeah, I'm kinda new here (I actually have posted before so it should say I have a total of 2 posts, but ether way I'm still new) and I hope the best of health for you too :)

My doctor contacted me, and asked me to come and see my blood tests to make sure. So I went and talked with him and he said exactly what you suggested. He took some blood for another testing, and then we'll wait two weeks to know the results, but until then, its best if I don't take Humira to low my immunity system to avoid the risk of hepatitis. However, I still can't risk my Crohn so I must continue taking Imuran. Balance is the key word here.

Oh dear God, I just hope I don't have any problem without taking the needle for the next two weeks.

P.S. Guys, I take Gasec 20 a day, its like Nexim. I'm thinking since I won't take Humira for the next two weeks, should I make it 40 (two capsules a day, mourning and evening) to balance it?

Mr.X
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   Posted 6/2/2010 3:21 AM (GMT -7)   
On 2nd thoughts, scratch that. I talked with my other doctor (the one who observe my condition, the other doctor from the clinic is for emergency and 2nd opinions in case I couldn't reach my "main" doctor) the clinic doctor asked me weather they did an HCV and HBV tests before, which I told him I'm not exactly sure since its was a year ago, so he said maybe its better then to wait for the blood tests. But I went to the hospital to check about the HCV and HBC tests, which they actually did it and it was all negative, thank god. And I talked with my main doctor and he said no, its not worth to wait since mostly all the signs say I don't have. So, I'll just have to have faith and just stick it. And hope for the better.
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