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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 5/29/2009 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been reading a lot of posts in here about people taking humira for UC. Shortly after my third remicade infusion I've started to flare up again. Which leads me to believe that I've become immune to it. I see my specialist in a week or so and I'd like to ask about humira, but from what I understand it hasn't been approved for UC. I do live in canada so I'm not sure about the states. If theres anyone in canada thats taking humira for UC let me know.

Diagnosed with moderate UC left side 2005
Salofalk 3pills x 3 times daily - No effect
2006 moderate to severe UC
Prednisone 25mg daily cycled down 5mg per week
Asacol 3pills x 2 times daily, remission achieved
2009 severe pancolitis
60mg prednisone cycled down 5mg per week
Remicade 3 infusions
3grams fish oil, 2 multivitamin, 1 Glutamine, 1 B12 and folic acid, 1 Calcium and D3, 4 Probiotic
Currently at 7.5mg prednisone,

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 5/29/2009 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I also don't know about Canada, but I do know that if you aren't responding to Remicade you are able to move onto Humira. I kinda responded to Remicade but third infusion I had an allergic reaction to it. I hope this is agreeable with Canada.
27 year old, Married, Female.
Diagnosed with UC since March 2007

Taking Humira and Imuran since May 2007 (Currently in remission since May 2007)
Taken off Imuran 1/15/09
Only taking Humira.

Can't take Asacol, Allergic to Remicade

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Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 6/3/2009 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I am taking Humira through a trial for UC. It is a godsend!!! I know the body builds up an imunity Remicade but I have not heard anything about an immunity to Humira. I think it will be approved for UC in 2011.

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 6/4/2009 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Yay! I'm so glad there is a trial going on and work being done to get it approved. Never heard it for sure.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol maintenance for 20+ years; used prednisone & Rowasa for flares.  Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), salmon oil (omega-3) when I can remember. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated wheat/gluten from my diet.
Bad flare in March, used prednisone. Humira denied, started Remicade 4/12 and doing great~ learning what normal is~ wow

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   Posted 6/4/2009 11:16 PM (GMT -6)   
As I understand it, the 3rd dose is still the induction phase. Doubt you are immune already. Some it doesn't work for, some have a reaction to it, most have to build it up in their system to allow for healing of the colon. Don't give it up too easily. You don't get to go back on it---then you will have antibodies that fight it. I am not saying it is the right drug for you, just that it might still be. Check out more info before going to the last drug option--Humeria.
Daughter,15 diagnosed 1-08 w/ UC .
Previous drug sampling: Asacol, Prevacid, Flagyl, Prednisone- 50mg to 0, 4 major flares '08.Hospital four x. Low residue diet,
6MP, Colazal , Cortifoam enemas,
Trying probiotics, Niferex, fish oil, Magnesium, Acupuncture.
Remicade 10mg per kilo@ 8wks, since 10-08. Still on 6mp and Colazal

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 6/4/2009 11:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I am also in a Humira trial, and it has been going really well! (I just hope it is approved soon-2011 sounds so far away!)

I know some people have been able to get it, despite the fact that it isn't yet approved, but I am in the states. I am keeping fingers crossed it is somehow available to you. I know not everything works for every person, but it has been working well for everyone in my local study group, and while I don't like reading the lists of potential health hazards with any of these drugs, I have to say that it has given me my life back.

Good luck!
34 years old, stay at home mom of 2 girls, ages almost 4 and 2.5
Diagnosed in 2007
Currently on:
Asacol 6pills/day
Biweekly injections for Humira clinical trial-going well so far!!
Off of canasa because of severe joint pain (side effect)

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