I've been on Remicade, a sister medication to Humira, for 3+ years and achieved a good remission (that is, an absence of IBD symptoms) thanks to it. Have yet to experience a side effect on it.
We're all a little nervous when going to a new class of medications and the possibility of serious side effects can scare us spitless. What really helped me when initially considering going on these medications was weighing the actual odds of risks versus benefits. Let's start with the odds of benefits, what are the odds that Humira will help improve your Crohn's symptoms? about
63% of patients see an improvement within their symptoms thanks to Humira. How about
those scary side effects we see on the label? The most concerning one occurs in 6 in 10,000 patients (or 0.06 percent odds). It's very, very long odds. The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America is the source for these statistics and has a very good risks versus benefits explaination:
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John, 39, UC Proctosigmoiditis
Rx: Remicade @5mgs/kg/6wks; daily 75mgs 6MP, 4.8g Lialda, and 2X rowasaI suffer from heinous anus