any SMOKERS here on Humira, Remicade, or even Imuran?

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the-80s-rock
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   Posted 7/10/2010 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I only smoke a couple packs a weeks at the most (actually helps keep me regular, if you know what I mean).  Plus I'm stressed all the time and miserable and feel crummy so I figure what's a couple packs gonna do when I'm already injecting POISON into my body.  Is anyone else here (smokers) worried or terrified of getting CANCER?  Again, I keep thinking if this Humira is beating the crap out of my immune system, then my chances of getting Lung, Colon or Stomach Cancer must shoot thru the roof seeing that my body is no longer what it used to be or what a normal healthy person has to take in the toxins from the cigarettes with a normal immune system? skull

chornsguy
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   Posted 7/10/2010 9:28 PM (GMT -7)   
i smoke about a pack aday and my doc begs me to quit everytime i see her

MAG102886
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   Posted 7/11/2010 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
To be honest I wasn't worried about getting cancer, or anything else for that matter.  I smoked a pack a day for 8 yrs, it maybe doesn't sound like a long time but I'm only 23.  I stopped because I wanted my Crohns to go into remission so bad.  I was stubborn at first and kept saying that I would do anything but stop smoking.  Anyways, I'm so glad I stopped.  I have one here and there if I'm out with friends.  I'll be honest when people come around me that are smokers I want to gag, I can't believe I smelled like that for 8 yrs...
 
 
Anyways, you're basically fighting against your meds when your smoking.
Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 23 years old now.
Surgeries:3 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed, 3 Abscess Cleanings, Fistula Repair
Current Meds: Methorexate, Vitamin B12 (injections), Nexium.
Next Surgery: None.
 

jeanneac
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   Posted 7/11/2010 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Quit right now there are other ways to stay regular like fiber. The tobacco companies put things in the cigarettes to get people hooked and keep them hooked. There are hundreds of deadly chemicals in those things making 2nd hand smoke dangerous too. Plus, you stink when you smoke.
I am 55 and my cousin died of lung cancer a few years ago at my age. Then, if the lung cancer doesn't get you, emphysema will and that's a slow death. I watched an aunt and uncle die of it. Not being able to breathe sucks about as bad as having IBD. Plus, it makes healing difficult and being on immune supressants really sets you up for lung cancer if you smoke.
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isergodur
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   Posted 7/11/2010 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I have never touched tobacco. But I watched my grandma die from lung cancer and its the worst possible way to die. Fighting for your every breath for such a long time.
25 year old female from Iceland.
Diagnosed with : Endometriosis march 2007, Anxiety disorder august 2007, CD/UC they don't know witch October 2008, Autoimmune Hepatitis in July 2009
Medication - Humira, Asacol, Librax, Cipralex and Cerazette.

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dt19&99
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   Posted 7/11/2010 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm on Imuran right now and may be trying remicade in the next couple months... I've been pretty worried about it, after reading the warnings on these drugs that I'm paying for feeling better now with my future... Not to mention all the healthy raw foods that are supposed to help prevent cancer that are hard to eat.

I've been seriously considering quitting, I just need to go ahead and do it...

tall girl
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   Posted 7/12/2010 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   
My GI told me last week that if I did not 100% quit smoking there would be no reason for me to go on Remicade b/c he says I will not heal unless I stop smoking....Did you know smokers are 30% more likely to have Crohns? When my doc first brought up Remicade I freaked out b/c of the cancer risks....he just looked at me and said "Are you seroius....your a smoker and your afraid of cancer risks from the meds??!!" I finally got it after that. I have cut down to 2 cigs a day and am starting Remicade on Thursday....and will never ever have another ciggarette after midnight on Wednesday. At this point I have to try everything I can to get better....I don't think I could handle another surgery....wish me luck...quiting is the hardest thing I have ever done...
PS. Smoker for 9 years
26/year old Female- Crohns active since June of 08- DXed (finally!) March 09- Resection June 09- remmission for 1 year- flaring now - Starting Remicade on 7/15/10- Scared again after a year of denying I was sick.......... Thankful I have a good support system behind me.

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