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   Posted 8/15/2007 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I have already asked about HUMIRA earlyier but I had a question reguarding what I should do before starting it. I have read that you should get tested for tb before starting it but my GI neer mentioned it when I last saw him. I stopped by his office this morning to get my HUMIRA perscription faxed to PHARMICA and I asked the receptionist, because doctor was in surgery, she said she never heard of that being done and they had not had any of there prior patients tested before starting. Should I get this done?
Symptoms Of Crohn's June of '06 (21 years old 285lbs). Colonoscopy in Jan '07 no sign of Crohn's. Surgery for a Fistula in April '07, diagnosed suggestive Crohn's in May '07. August '07 small bowel follow through, diagnosed with Crohn's (22 years old 165lbs). Starting HUMIRA 9/10/2007.

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   Posted 8/15/2007 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes you should have a TB test before starting Humira. If you have been exposed to TB in the past Humira can cause it to "flare up" for lack of a better term. I guess the thought is that you may have been exposed to TB in the past and not know it. The TB test is easy and pretty painless, you go in one day, get a little injection one day, then you go back about 48 hours later to have the nurse look at the injection site. Better safe than sorry - go get tested.

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   Posted 8/15/2007 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I read the starter packet for Humira and I think it said you had to have a TB test, for the reasons Ladybugs noted.  I had the TB test, now I'm chickening out.  Entocort seems to be working.

CD dx'd Aug 05. Initially on Pentasa, now on Imuran 125 mg and iron.

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   Posted 8/15/2007 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
yes get a TB test, all the Humira information states the test should be done.

Dx with CD 1987, 3 resections, 3 abcess sx, OA back & hips, bulging disk, depression/anxiety, kidney stones & sx to remove, now 44 yrs old.  Still trying to figure this disease out & of course all the little extra complications that come with this rollarcoaster of a life with CD. I love BON JOVI MUSIC- Lost Highway, Keep the Faith; Living on a Prayer,
Meds:  Hurmira every other week 80 mg, Imuran .75 daily,xanex .25 nightly(prn in the day), cymbalta 40 mg daily, Lortab 7.5/500 x 4x, fish oil, fovia,vit e,folic acid,Vit B12,inject monthly,

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   Posted 8/15/2007 8:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a TB test done but that was when I was fixing to get on Remicade.How ever my Rheumy and my GI both asked if I had ever had a TB test and I told them that yes I had one.The only thing that both said was good and that was it.

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   Posted 8/16/2007 5:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I would definitely get the TB test done - why chance that you might be carrying TB and get even more sick.  My gastro did the TB test right in his office.  MB

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   Posted 8/18/2007 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I went and got tested, I go back monday to check the results. Simple enough, just poke and come back in three days.
Symptoms Of Crohn's June of '06 (21 years old 285lbs). Colonoscopy in Jan '07 no sign of Crohn's. Surgery for a Fistula in April '07, diagnosed suggestive Crohn's in May '07. August '07 small bowel follow through, diagnosed with Crohn's (22 years old 165lbs). Starting HUMIRA 9/10/2007.

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   Posted 6/8/2010 8:47 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah  I was on Humira! The first thing my doctor did was make me take the tb test.  Better safe then sorry... I would get a new doctor. eyes

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   Posted 6/9/2010 4:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I had the Tb test done b4 Humira too.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications:Humira,  Asacol, FolicAcid,  Multivitamin, 1000mg Calcium, Vitamin D, Probiotics, Pepcid Complete, Questran,  Monthly B-12 injections.

Living a Great life with my Wife and my two Chocolate Labs
Hunter & Hailey.
I love them dearly.

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   Posted 6/9/2010 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Do you all like Humira and think it is working? This drug scares me but is being recommended by my GI.

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   Posted 6/9/2010 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I had to have both a TB test and a Hepatitis C test before I could start Humira.
Dx'd w/ Crohn's in 1979 at age 13. Bad flare 2008 but no health insurance so I dealt with it. Colonoscopy in July 2009 caused a perforated colon, emergency bowel resection. 2 fistula's, perianal and perivaginal.

Humira, probiotic, a multivitamin, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and fish oil. I also take Tramadol 50 mg and Klonopin (for anxiety) as needed.

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance!

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   Posted 6/9/2010 8:29 PM (GMT -7)   
You should have the TB test repeated annually least that's what my GI does.

32 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D
Coumadin stopped 3/15/10!!!!

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   Posted 6/10/2010 12:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Everyone, this question was originally posted in 2007. I'm not sure why it was bumped, but am pretty sure that any answers are waaaaaaaaaay overdue at this point :-)

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