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   Posted 9/26/2006 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
 Hi there. I am new to this so hopefully i am doing this right. I have rhuematoid arthritis and have tried many medications including methodrexate, gold injections and leflumanide .I had a bad skin and stomach re-action to all. I am now being prescribed Humira. Has anyone else tried this with success. Many thanks and wishing you all well.

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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 9/26/2006 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
hi pin cushion and welcome to HW! i personally do not take humira but others on this site do and hopefully will be along soon to share their insight..... i just wanted to give u a warm welcome and tell you "your in the right place"

oh by the way i am yalinda i have RA and take mtx with still a little side kick of prednisone.... soon to be off i hope? XX those are my crossed fingers hehehe

again welcome talk to u again yalinda :)

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   Posted 9/26/2006 5:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi. Welcome to Healing Well. I took Humira for a couple of months back in January. It's one of those drugs that's useful for multiple problems; I was taking it for my joints, but a great side effect was that it calmed down my GI system too (I have possible IBD). In fact, it did more for my GI symptoms than my joints. I only ended up taking it for 2 months and then I was switched to enbrel. Humira messed with my blood counts a bit; probably wasn't an insurmountable problem and I could have stayed on it. But because it wasn't doing anything for my joints at the time, my rheumy switched me to enbrel. I've had no problems with enbrel so far, but it did take quite a bit of time (8 months) to full kick in for my joints. Some people have a dramatic and immediate effects from these drugs, though. You might be one of them. I was simply slow to respond.

Best of luck to you!
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan

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   Posted 9/26/2006 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
pincushion Hi and welcome to HW,

I'am on Humira and it has helped me,and it is worth it's money that I know for sure.When I was first put on HUmira I was in a wheel-chair and I could not walk very fare at all because I not only have crohns disease I have RA,OA,AS.Sejerens.

I was taken 40 every other week but I have been upped I now take 40 every other week and then take 80 on the odd week's.Humira as you know comes in shot form but it is not hard to give your self a shot and I will say that it does sting alittle but other than that I have not had any reactions from it.

Please continue to post and if you go with Humira please let us know how it goes with it.

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 9/26/2006 11:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Many thanks for all the info. I am going this afternoon to learn how to administer the humira pen, had to have a chest xray and blood tests earlier in the week. I just hope this will work, having a really bad flare up ( 3 months so far) eyes .Will keep you all posted.

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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 22
   Posted 9/28/2006 11:09 AM (GMT -7)   

Welcome Pincushion!

I too am on Humira. That is what brought me to this site as well.  You will find everyone here very helpfull.  I felt immediate relief after my first injection.  I thought it was in my mind but it did prove to help me alot.  I am feeling great (although going through a very tough medical crisis with my daughter) and am enjoying pain relief for a change.

I did notice that you will be using the Humira Pen.  I started with the regular injections and then tried the pen.  I found the pen to be more painful besides the fact that mine was defective and didn't work.  I was since told that they do have alot of problems with them and that is why most doctors don't mention them to their patients.  I now get the regular injections again and prefer them.

I wish you lots of luck and hope you do well on the Humira.  Thank goodness we have these medications to help us.



New Member

Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 9/28/2006 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello to everyone. Thank you all for the info.I had my TB testing done and
 all looks good my only concern now after reading up on Humira is that there is a chance that 1 in every 157 people taking this drug could be at risk of cancer???????????????//Does anyone know about this? sorry but i hate taking meds and like to know what i am getting into as i have had some horrible reactions to past meds

Regular Member

Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 254
   Posted 9/28/2006 4:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been taking Humira for 9 weeks now. I take it every other week. I am being treated for Psoriatic Arthritis. It is working well on the joint pain but does not seem to be doing as well with the psoriasis. I'll give it another few weeks and will be seeing my derm. then. I may have to change to something else or add something. My doctor said he has the best luck treating multiple symptoms with Humira.
I do know that there is a risk of cancer, but I think the risk is very low and the benifits far outway the risk. I know for myself, I was misrable until I started prednisone treatement for a liver disorder. Of course it helped the Psoriatic Arthritis too, but now that I am weaning off the prednisone, I'm feel that the Humira is taking over on the PA as the dosage is slowly reduced.

I can't tell you what to do, but I do know a lot of people have success with it.

"Hope is seldom found in the things we can see;
it is the sweet fragrance of grace."

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