Thinking of Starting Humira

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 10/7/2009 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Can anyone give me some information on this drug. Also what and how bad are the side effects?

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   Posted 10/7/2009 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I started with 6MP, then moved to Remicade and am now on Humira. Humira has been great for me. It put me in remission. 6MP and Remicade gave me horrible side effects. Not Humira. I couldn't be happier.

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   Posted 10/7/2009 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I started with remicade without imuran (6MP) crohn's was at bay but then I got remi induce RA went crippled for 8 months. I then switch to Humira with imuran it has it put my crohn's in remision and the RA is all gone (I finaly got my life back from the RA)
Side effects for me : Server migraine that last for 1 week. The night of the inject (not everytime, just once and awile) I get very tired, kind of like glazed over, so I just go to bed. It's why I choose to do the inject at night so I could sleep off any side effect. Except for the migraine. I will have to speak with the doc and fix this little problem.
Good luck, hope it's the med for you!
Tracy from Montreal,Diagnosed with CD at age 18 but went undiagnosed for 10 years. 17 years with CD, Remicade for 1 year 4 months. Caused remi induced RA, crippled for 8 months
on humira, working for RA but CD is getting worse everyday,been on humira only 4 weeks
Pantasa 8 tabs a day
Provacede 1 daily for the ulcer's
Imuran 1 and half tabs (50mg)
Previous meds: Pantoloc, Predizone, tapered down from 10 pills 8 different times.(horrible side effects),Lots more,list is way to long.
Unable to work last 2 years and counting.Scope says I'm clear of CD,waiting for biopsie. May have Endometrioses, again waiting for another apt.

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   Posted 10/8/2009 5:19 AM (GMT -7)   

I have been on Humira since 04/07.  It has been a life saver for me.  Before Humira, I was on Remicade.  It helped with the symptoms, but I had horribe reactions and had to quit.  I had surgery 06/06 and my Chrohn's came back less than a year later.  This is when I started Humira.  I was doing injections every other week until 08/09 when I started weekly injections.  My symptoms were beginning to increase.  Now that I am on weekly injections, everything is good.  I still have diarrhea, but due to having 3 resections, I probably always will.  I also have severe joint pain, but nothing seems to help it.

Good Luck



CD since 1972 (three bowel resections), Fibromyalgia, Inflamatory Arthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, High Blood Pressure, Depression, Acid Reflux, Meniere's Disease
Humira since 04/07 for CD, Prozac, Diovan, Cardizem, B12 Inj., Prevacid, and Lortab and Ambien as needed for Fibro

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   Posted 10/8/2009 9:49 AM (GMT -7)   

After having to stop Remicade, I went on a clinical trial for Cimzia for about a year.  When it ended, I decided to switch to Humira instead because I was still having arthritis problems.  Humira kept my Crohn's in remission, but really seemed to lose effectiveness after about 6 months.  For some reason, none of my docs can get it approved for weekly use, even though many people on here get it weekly (they just stopped trying after so many different insurance companies said no).  After being in an athritis flare for the last 9 months, I just switched back to Cimzia and I've got to say that it is helping more with the arthritis than the Humira did for me. 

Humira hurts but is over quickly.  It's much more convenient than Remicade and normally cheaper (depending on how your insurance bills it...medical procedure vs medication).  I definitely prefer Humira over Remicade, but think that Cimzia is my favorite right now. 

Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 

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   Posted 10/8/2009 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been on Humira for 2 years now and really like it. Ok so the injection is uncomfortable for about 10 seconds but other than that no problems. I do seem to get tired from it and sometimes have headaches but overall much better than I ever was on any other medication. I did just last week have a killer kidney infection (probably didn't help to be immune suppressed) and had to miss a dose to get past those 103 fevers but back on schedule now and hoping to feel normal again soon.

Dx CD 2003 but probably had it 10 years prior

Dx Primary Sclerossing Cholangitis 2006

GB out '95, Appendix out '96, Kidney stent '02/stone removal '02, Resection '04, fistulectomy '06 2x, tubal '05

Currently on 100mg 6mp-50 mg,  and Remicade every 8 weeks, Ambien, predsnisone, humira 1x wk, flagyl, cypro, diflucan, probiotic, questran lite

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