Remicade VS Humira

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   Posted 10/25/2008 4:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I was wondering what your opinions are on both Remicade and Humira...
I may end up going on Remicade and my GI's office says it works better than Humira...HOWEVER, my insurance benefit for Humira is so much better and I honestly fear going farther into debt due to medical bills...
Anyhow if one or both of these have worked for you, please let me know, as well as what you think.
Thanks everyone! 

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   Posted 10/25/2008 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Ivy put together a thread that has links to other threads discussing peoples' experiences with Remicade and Humira. While you wait for others to respond to this thread, you might want to check this out:
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   Posted 10/25/2008 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I've never taken remicade before but am on humira, and it seems to be working pretty well. I've been eating chocolate caramel tiramisu from macaroni grill(though I swear today's has to be my last since it so unhealthy for anyone), and I feel completely normal. I have to attribute some of that to my other medications as well, but I truly believe humira is making a difference.
From what I understand about remicade you have to go in to get the infusion which I can understand why some people might prefer it, but I like having my humira pens at home so I can just do one quick injection every two weeks and be done with it. Plus, my insurance for it is wonderful so I end up paying $35 for two pens. Of course that won't last forever because it is under my father's military insurance so I can't say how great the price of humira is without that just yet. We'll see I suppose.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone(down to 10 mg), pentasa, bentyl as needed, prilosec, tandem plus, humira, and good probiotics
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.

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   Posted 10/26/2008 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
For me, Remicade worked only a tiny bit and then not at all. Plus I developed the antibodies and had to stop it. Himira has worked wonderfully well for me and put me into remission for 2 1/2 years now. It's so weird how we are all so different and respond so very differently to all these meds. Good luck!

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   Posted 10/26/2008 11:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Both worked well for me and put me into remission. I'm currently on Humira because I had reactions during Remicade infusions. It is also much more convenient to give myself a 10 second shot once every 2 weeks than to sit through the 5+ hour infusion (slowed due to my reactions) that I used to do.
Dx in early 1999
Resection in June 2006
Currently on Humira

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   Posted 10/26/2008 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   

I wonder if it comes to the point where I need to be on either one of these, if my GI would let me try Humira first...I guess it doesn't hurt to ask. I checked on my insurance benefit for Humira and I would pay out of pocket about $30.00. The cost of Remicade AND hearing about bad reactions scares me! I had an allergic reaction last year to Prevacid (weird huh!) and since then I am scared to try new meds anyways.

Thank you for all your opinions!
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