Which one you have tried humira or remicade

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   Posted 9/27/2009 6:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I have taken humira since march/2009. I had a good small effect but I got a crise last week and I feel very sad. My doctor asked me to change to remicade, but I still have hope that humira works. My veins are very skiny and nervous, so I'm afraid to get IV remicade.

Post Edited (ebr8800) : 9/27/2009 9:17:34 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/27/2009 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Was there a reason your doc wants you to switch?

I'm on remicade. The IV process isn't pleasant for me for a couple of reasons. One, there is one nurse at my doc's office that acts like he's still on the front line of war and has to be rough. This past time the bruises were absurd. Next time I'll speak up. The second reason it can be hard is that I do have plump arms and finding a vein has been tough but doable.

I think if there is a good reason to switch it may help. I wouldn't be too scared though...the people at most clinics do this often so they're pros and will take good care of your veins.
Once you choose hope, anything's possible. ~ Christopher Reeve

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   Posted 9/27/2009 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   
My dr wants to switch because I got worse last week (after been better for 5 months). I still think it will work. I am always scared of IV medicine.

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   Posted 9/27/2009 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   
It seems very hasty, mine just bumped up my mtx dose so now I take 20mg mtx as well as humira and mobic, works fairly well for me. Not as good as I once was, but very liveable, golitho

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   Posted 9/27/2009 8:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm on remicade IV infusions now and I, too have small veins and they, sometimes, tend to roll.  However, the nurse uses a butterfly needle which is very tiny.  I barely feel it going in.  I, too was scared of needles but these nurses are super in the IV Therapy Center Suite.  I feel safe there, it is extremely clean, and I think we all have gotten to know each other. 
the Humira didnt work well for me so I didin't stay on it for long.  Changing to Remicade was a Godsend.
it took 2-4 weeeks to fully kick in but once it did, it was 'WOMDERFUL!!!!!' Our nurses work really hard to. take excellent  care of us!!!!!  I've found one nerve that's bigger than the others and that's the one we use as much as possible.  I'm on Remicade infusions and methotraxate shots.  It's a good combination and it works well together.
Current DX:  rheumatoid arthritis/psoriatic arthritis, CD, left wrist basil joint arthritis- no cartilage and multiple bone spurs, right wrist damge - no cartilage, degenerative disc disorder, nerve damage, pain/inflamation/high blood pressure
Current meds:  Remicade 600 mg. every 5 weeks, methotrexate .6 cc. injection., celebrex, micardis/hct, folic acid, medrol dose pack (occasionally), topamax, toprol XL, lortab 10-500, zoloft
Previous meds:  Enbrel, humira, bextra, vioxx

peggy baggins
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   Posted 9/30/2009 12:00 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Deejane, Im just about to start Remicade having been injecting myself with Humira for almost a year, which worked well on my lower back but not my feet/right ankle unfortunately. I'm also taking Mtx weekly and my specialist wants me to stay on that as well as Remicade as he said it's a good mix and may very well have some effect.  I've read so many peoples accounts of Remicad and not come across one that's negative as yet!  I'm hopeful that I may get some sort of normal life back really soon.

I have a bad right arm for viens and tend to use the left now although that's proving a problem, tell me do they put the needle in the hand or crease of elbow for the treatment?? Just a thought.

I couldn't help smiling when reading your meds list, I sometimes say to my husband that I could open up a chemist store.  I used to be embarassed when collecting my meds in a carrier bag, now it doesn't bother me.  We need them to help us live a good life.

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