Anxiety Meds and Humira

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   Posted 4/9/2008 8:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a form of anxiety disorder. I'm currently on Humira for Crohn's. Do any of you have any form of anxiety issues and/or depression? What meds do you take for it? I'm on the Humira and was prescribed antianxiety meds, but I'm scared to take them. I know the Humira is a lot of medication, and I don't want to take anything else if I can help it. Of course, I'm also tired of being so anxious all of the time.

My doctor said that the Humira is, "Toxic." I hated that word!
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 4/9/2008 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I am on Humira 40mg injection every week and Lexapro for anxiety/depression 10mg daily. The Humira is working wonders for me and even though I originally fought the Dr. about the Lexapro...I now see why I need it and it has helped a whole lot too! All drugs are toxic if not taken within the parameters your Dr. prescribes. I say go for it!
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.

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   Posted 4/9/2008 9:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I am taking both Humira and an anti anxiety med. They are totally different drugs so I don't worry about them interacting with eachother. Or I didn't till you brought it up, thanks! LOL, just kidding. My GI knows all the meds I take and he knew when he prescribed me Humira so I don't think there should be any problem.
Diagnosed with Left-sided UC in 1995 at age 15, Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocort. Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Aloe Juice, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Anamantle, Remicade, etc... had 1 inch deep rectal ulcer 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed w/ Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Clorazepate, Lomotil,  Tylenol pm, Lyrica started 1/17/08, Flagyl 750 mgs started 4/2/08, Humira started 4/4/08

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   Posted 4/10/2008 6:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I just switched from Remicade to Humira. I take Cymbalta, it helped with my crohnic back pain. For me it's a blessing and I welcomed the help. Feeling better both physically and mentally is a big help for me in fighting this disease on a daily basis. Good luck with your decision. Maybe speak to the pharmacist and get some advice. Wishing you health!!

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   Posted 4/10/2008 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been taking 75mg. Effexor for a few years now and have been on Humira since Oct. problems whatsoever.

"Difficult things take a long time,
impossible things a little longer. " ~Author Unknown
Marci, 38 years young, Rockledge, FL
Dx with Crohn's disease March 2006
Currently on bi-weekly Humira, daily 6mg Entocort, daily 2-3x 5mg hydrocodone (for pain), and daily 75mg Effexor,
plus 2x per day heavy iron supplements for anemia,
calcium supplement, daily multi-vitamin,

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   Posted 4/10/2008 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
To everyone who posted a reply:

Thanks so much!!!!
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 4/10/2008 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
why doctors say any meds are "toxic" is beyond would seem that such a comment would negate any potential placebo effect....why not just say, these are "serious" medications, or something like that......
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doesn't that just sound cool when you sing it?

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   Posted 4/10/2008 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I am on Humira also for almost 2 years now. I am also a chronic pain patient due to fibromyalgia and inflammatory arthritis. I fought against depression and anxiety meds also when my pain management doctor prescribed them to me. I take Elavil for depression and xanax for anxiety. If truth be told I think they just help me to relax at bed time and settle my mind so that my pain medication can take effect and sleep will come. Prior to taking them I never slept more than just a few hours at a time, and the rest of my night was spent tossing and turning and wanting to crawl out of my body. I even had gone nearly 48 hrs without sleep. So, I guess for me it was the right solution. I still have one or two nights a month that are spent watching terrible TV all night long but nothing like it used to be.
Dx'd with crohn's 1983, resections 83,85 and 89 Double Strictureplasty 2005, Dx'd COPD 2000, Psoriasis 2002 and Fibromyalgia 2005.
Currently takeing Humira, Pentasa, Lomotil, Elavil, Sinemet, Skelaxin, Advair, Abuterol, Oxycodone and Xanax as needed

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