Humira vs. Remicade

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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 10/10/2007 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Have had 3 Rem infusions and did not do well---nauseous, gas, tired to the point that I wasn't off couch for days and even though I'm 65, I put in a full day of volunteering, tennis, aerobics,etc so the couch isn't where I normally live.  Humira is being suggested but I hate to try it as it looks as if side effects are the same.  Anyone had experience with both?
Am now on Endocort and Pentasa--diagnosed 11/07
Thanks for any info--Pat

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   Posted 10/10/2007 6:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Since I am not familar with your individual situation I am hesitant to suggest too much. I have been on Remecaid (built antibodies to it) and currently on Humira. I like the Humira better for one thing it is human protein not mouse protein. Both drugs being ones that suppress your immune system are likely to cause you flu like symptoms as your body is working hard to protect you from bacteria & virusus. I was on Remecaid for a year and a half and wasn't too impressed with it. While I didn't have any severe reactions to it, it just did not seem to help the number of trips to the bathroom for me. I am on about the 5 round of Humira and I generally go to the bathroom 1-2 times a day, have tapered my predinsone to 10mg a day(down from 60mg) and the last injection, the flu like symptoms were not as prevalent as the first 4 injections. Since I had been on Remecaid my GI did not require me to do the usual loading doses of Humira also. Hope this helps with your decision.
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 10/10/2007 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome Pat,

I am so glade you found us and I will try to help you with your queestion.I tried Remicade and it was ok for awhile but I built up anti-serum sickness and had to come off of it.Pat you have to remember that every one reacts to meds differently,I have seen and know several people that are on remicade and has had no problems with.So you have to keep that in mind as well.I however was put on Humira and it has worked well for me.I like Humira I give my self a shot and the only side-effects that I have is it get's a little red around the injection site but it goes away in a few secounds,and it does sting a little but that's it.I like the fact that I don't have to leave the house to take the Humira like I did when I was on the remicade.I hope that you get to feeling better and keep us up to date on how you are,and please know you are welcome any time.

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