Remicade to Humira?

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jasperthedog
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 68
   Posted 8/7/2008 9:26 AM (GMT -6)   
After seeing my GI Dr. this morning.  He has decided to switch me from Remicade to Humira.  He thinks I may have built up immunities to the Remicade.  I am also getting an appointment with a surgeon.  I was wondering if any of you have switched from Remicade to Humira and if so did you see any improvement with the Humira, or am I just delaying the inevitable?  I have to see if my insurance with cover the Humira first, before I start, because typically is is used for Crohns patients, not so much for UC. 
CARA  31years  FEMALE
Medications:
Remicade
Lialda 2 pills a day
Prilosec OTC
Vicodin/Tramadol as needed
Phenergran/Zofran as needed
Cortifoam
Viactiv Calcium Chews
Digestive Advantage


princesscolon
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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 733
   Posted 8/7/2008 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Jasper,

I have been on Humira since April 2008 after having a reaction to Remicade.  I wasn't seeing much of an improvement till my GI added 6MP to my meds, now I am seeing more of an improvement.  I had a lot of problems getting the Humira with my insurance since it's not approved for UC.  The only way I was able to get it covered by insurance was when my Arthritis doctor diagnosed me with Psoriatic Arthritis.... I was told I could appeal the insurance's decision but I got diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis and I didn't have to appeal.  It can be a very frustrating process.  So my experience is that the Humira isn't very powerful on its own but with 6MP it is keeping me away from surgery for now.  If you have any other questions, just ask :-)

Adrienne


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, 6MP started 6/24/08

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