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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 5/19/2008 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I am starting Humira but am unsure about how it affects your immune system. I have 2 young children and work in a drug store so it would be very easy for me to get a cold etc. Looking for answers if anyone can help. I seem to be in remission right now thank god and wondering why my GI wants to start me on this. And one last point is this the final step before surgery.

thanks Len

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Date Joined Jun 2005
Total Posts : 133
   Posted 5/19/2008 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
if you are in remission, i wouldn't start it. it's goal is to get you in remission so your doc isn't making sense to me. humira is expensive and if not necessary the risks would be too high. im on it and work with pre-k and kindergarten. gotten every illness available this year. but that 's just me.
Diagnosed in 1999, hospitalized once.  Not responsive to meds.  Currently on 12 Asacol, , 8 ampules of Gastrocrom, 6 grams Colestid, flagyl, remicade for my UC.  Also have migraines and take B-4, B-2, for the prevention of them.
Deciding whether or not to have surgery at this time.

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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 5/19/2008 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I would wonder why your Doctor is starting you on it also. I would definitely question this. If you are in remission, it just doesn't make sense to start Humira...Are you taking any other meds right now?
diagnosed with uc 27 years ago.  Enojoyed 20 year remission with just minor blips here and there (approximately 16 of those years without any meds)
In a flare for 2 very long years which Asacol didn't help at all.  Finally in remission again since Jan 2008, can't believe it..............
currently on Sulfasalazine 2 tabs 3x day. Folic acid, mesalamine enema 2 x a week. Omega 3, Probiotics, multi vitamin, cacium supplement, Biotin....

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 5/20/2008 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree, if you are in remission, then why are you starting Humira? You are at a higher risk of getting ill while on Humira and in the situation you are in, that may be tough to avoid.
Diagnosed with Left-sided UC in 1995 at age 15, Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocort. Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Aloe Juice, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Anamantle, Remicade, etc... had 1 inch deep rectal ulcer 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed w/ Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Clorazepate, Lomotil,  Tylenol pm, Lyrica started 1/17/08,  Humira started 4/4/08

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   Posted 6/11/2008 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your replies.

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