Humira and Sinuses/Colds

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   Posted 3/26/2008 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I took my Humira on Monday. I started with a scratchy throat, a little congestion, and fatigue late yesterday. I remember that the nurse at Humira told me that I don't need to play around with anything and to see my PCP if I have any symptoms of infection for more than 24-48 hours. I haven't had any fever, and I think it may be due to the pollen that's everywhere right now. I don't want to show up at my PCP and him tell me to go home and wait a few days to see if it gets worse. I'd rather spare a doctor's visit if I can.

I don't know if I should freak out about it or wait another day or two to see how I'm feeling. Does anyone else have this happen after their shots?
Crohn's Diagnosed in 1996.
Currently on Humira - One syringe every other week.
Now in remission.
Have tried Prednisone, Pentasa, Flagyl, Cipro, and Imuran in the Past - they aren't effective now.
Hospitalized only once, but that was enough!

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   Posted 3/26/2008 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I think if it were me, I'd wait to see how I felt. If the symptoms increase or you develop a fever, that I would get in pronto. Otherwise, I'd probably wait it out a bit. You can also call the Humira nurse again and ask about this specific issue.

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   Posted 3/26/2008 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I have not had this happen and I have been on humira since sept with exception of about a month post op due to a wound infection I am on it every week unless of course I get sick. I did get a sinus infection at the end of December probably from being around lots of family members and holidays tight spaces etc. I did notice a difference that week when I was unable to use the shot in my symptoms. I would definity call the doc to let him/her know what happened and if the next dose should be given. I have dealt with remicade before this so I know whether or not I am able to do the shot without doctor's telling me if it is a cold but I always do let them know so that it can be documented.

that time my GI was glad I knew enough to skip the dose and since I was on a shot each week he was also glad to know that I was not overmedicating. There isnt a really easy way to tell if the dose is too much since it is not weight related and each dose is premeasured. Unlike other meds such as Imuran there is no blood test. When I had to skip that week my joint pain and swelling increased. At the time I was also suffering from an enterocutaneous fistula (I had to have surgery to fix it in the end but I think had they increased my dose to every week sooner I may have avoided Sx but hindsight is 20/20) the week I was unable to give the shot I also noticed increased abdominal pain, as well as increased fistula drainage and size. It is very important that if you get any side effects especially if it is your first dose you inform the doctor so they can document it.

You could have had some sort of virus or bacteria that you picked up and by using the Humira it could have just made it more prominant, made the illness come on sooner or maybe some strange reaction that I am unaware of. Hopefully it is some cold etc. I have noticed for the past cpl of weeks my allergies have increased since it is springtime. Then I got a new kitten last week I had to euthanise a cat of mine back in Nov and was waiting till I get better post op to get a new kitten....I am allergic to cats and dogs, I have had another cat the whole time but I have had a scratchy throat in the morning and dry sinuses since I have gotten the new kitten. Typically if something is airborne allergy related the symptoms subside with allergy meds or with me once I wake up and stop breathing through my mouth my throat gets better.

But as I said before I would definitly bring this up with your doctor
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987

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