Hepatitis and Humira syringe

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Mr.X
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   Posted 6/15/2010 8:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone.

I have a question regarding the Humira syringe. If I have any type of Hepatitis, is it fine to take the syringe, or is their a risk? even if its a small risk?


Thanks.

Post Edited (Mr.X) : 6/15/2010 9:19:51 PM (GMT-6)


Ides
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   Posted 6/15/2010 10:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I looked back at some of your other posts because I wanted to see if you had posted other information about this situation. I read that you were given an all clear by your doctor - that you tested negative for any type of hepatitis. Is that not true? Perhaps I missed something.

Anyway, if you tested negative for hepatitis, then taking your Humira should pose no more risk other than those described in the literature. If you do have one of the types of hepatitis, then you must talk to the doctor that prescribed your Humira to find out what risks there might be. Community members here for the most part aren't trained to evaluate situations like the one you ask about. Wish I could be of more help.
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tsitodawg
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   Posted 6/15/2010 11:49 PM (GMT -7)   
What type of risk are you worried about? Are you planning on sharing the syringe with someone else or reusing it? It not safe to do those thing anyway and you should only use a syringe once. I agree with Ides about nobody be qualified to give medical advice on here but I am just curious what you are worried about?

Mr.X
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   Posted 6/16/2010 4:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, sorry about that. I did make a topic about that, and I wasn't sure if I should post my question in it or just make a whole new one. Sorry about that. And don't worry, of course I'm not going to do anything without consulting my doc, I just wanted to know your thoughts.

Oh, sorry if I wasn't clear enough, I just wanted to make my post as short and uncomplicated as possible. The thing is, my blood tests showed I had the anti-bodies of HCV, and my doctor thought it must be a mistake by the lab so he didn't think I should post-pone my humira. so he ordered anther blood test just to make sure and said that I should just continue taking humira since its unreasonable (that was two weeks ago, just one needle so far and yesterday was the date for the new shot and I still didn't take it) but it actually wasn't wrong. And now I do have a HCV, my doctor still think I should take humira (since mostly humira only active the B type, but still its a bit risky in my opinion) and my other doctor (a clinical doctor) said it probably wise to not take it until he make sure about it with the humira company and consult with another doctor who knows about HCVs. For my own sake since in the blood test it shows its 600/800.

So until he give me a call, I just thought to ask you guys weather if its risky to take humira regardless of my Hepatitis type. Just to put my mind in peace, I'm just worried.

P.S. I'm not saying taking my humira is up to you, I'm saying I just wan to know is it a good idea to not take humira to avoid health risk from my hepatitis, even if its not B type?

Thanks and sorry for the misunderstanding.

Jonny Five
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   Posted 6/16/2010 12:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Generally speaking, I just trust my doctor and do whatever he says.  If he says take Humira, I take Humira, if he says stop, I stop. :)  I'm probably a bit too trusting, but I am also very aware that my doctor has studied very hard and been very well trained to be where he is today, so he probably knows more than I do - and more than most people on this board will know.  So in general, my advice is to do what your doctor says, and if you are worried, do as you have been doing and ask for second opinions or consult other doctors (family doctor, HPV specialist, second GI) if you are worried.  If you get conflicting advice, call back your GI and ask him - "My family doctor said I should stop Humira because of my HPV results, is he wrong?  Can you call him to discuss why he feels this way?".  In the end, your doctor likely knows best.

artist guy
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   Posted 6/16/2010 5:18 PM (GMT -7)   
i have stage one hep c and my dr didn't evan hesitate to get me started on rem. nobodys going to use my needle's.
artist guy


Mr.X
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   Posted 6/16/2010 7:56 PM (GMT -7)   
@artist guy

Really? oh man, I'm so sorry to hear that. I pray you get better soon :-)

and no, the re-using a needle is not the issue, the issue is that Humira lower part of the immunity system to ease my Crohn condition, and now I have HCV, and even thou its a C type and not B, but still its never the less a virus and should not be taken laity in my opinion. I don't want to play with fire, so to speak.

@Jonny Five

That's the thing, my main doctor knows me much longer then my other clinical doctor who I go to for 2nd opinions or emergencies or whatever (and they both work in the same hospital and know each other, and one of the of them is the 2nd doc who has a clinic where I go to) The thing is, my main doctor don't like the idea that I also go to that 2nd doctor. "its ether me or him" like how he put it in my last visit to him. Personally and withe all respect to him, but I don't believe he has the right to tell me what to do, its none of his or any other doctor business to tell me what to do for unreasonable reasons. They diagnose me and that's it, ether I follow their plan and stick to it (which that is what I'm doing with my main doc) or take another opinion and then decade for myself, that's it. So he should not feel upset about it, that is unprofessional of him. I keep my appointments with him, I follow his plans and all, I I told him that if I don't appreciate his opinions then why I'm still visiting him? The 2nd doctor is only for consulting and 2nd opinions (he even prescribed me Spasmomen and Disfatly which helped me a lot with my pain when it was active, I wonder why my main doctor didn't prescribed them for me...)

He really made me mad in that last visit more then the thought that I have hepatitis, Besides my Crohn, I now have hepatitis and all his concerns was "ether me or him"? If I wasn't following his instructions then he maybe had a reason, but I do follow everything thing he says. A 2nd doctor should not make him feels like his pride was hurt or anything childish like that, his patients are his concerns, not his pride. patients, not pride! a wise doctor would know that. I'm not comfortable with him with the way he do his work anymore.

Post Edited (Mr.X) : 6/16/2010 9:29:51 PM (GMT-6)


Jonny Five
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   Posted 6/17/2010 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I am sorry you have to deal with such issues. It is always unfortunate when a doctor is so against his patients seeking a second opinion. I hope everything works out for you in the end - and I am sure things will turn around and start going better for you soon. Just keep pushing on. :)
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