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Doctor insights on: Do You Continue Humira After Shingles

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Should I take humira (adalimumab) if I have shingles?

Should I take humira (adalimumab) if I have shingles?

No!: Not while you have active disease. Getting shigles could be caused by Humira! ...Read more

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


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How long do I need to be off humira (adalimumab) both before and after a shingles vaccination?

How long do I need to be off humira (adalimumab) both before and after a shingles vaccination?

Unknown: I don't believe there is any concrete answer to this question, yet. It is not recommended to be used together.
Humira has a half-life of up to 20 days. Meaning after getting a dose, there is still half of it in your system after 20 days. Probably 2-3 months before the vaccine would be ok and retart after 4 weeks would be reasonable.
Check with your docs... ...Read more

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Can the shingles vaccine be taken with humira (adalimumab)?

Not a good idea: The shingles vaccincation (known as zostervax) is a live virus, therefore you would run the risk of infection from the vaccination itself. Any medication in the class of drugs like Humira (adalimumab) would be a no-no to receiving the shingles vaccine. This is the official published guidelines from rheumatologists that just came out in early 2012. ...Read more

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I'm on MTX & Humira for RA/Fibromyalgia - since starting these meds I have come down with shingles twice in one year - is this a side effect? I'm 40

Yes: Both are immunosuppressants, shingles is caused by herpes zoster which lingers in our body's dorsal nerve roots, waiting for any chance of a weakened immune system to attack. You may want to confer with your treating doctor about dose adjustment, modification, or even remaining on the same regimen, this is purely judgmental in the context of your case, only you and your doctor can decide, ...Read more

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My doc gave me humira (adalimumab) to take it 2 time a month for one year plus to continue taking methotrexate every week. What are the potential risks of that?

See details: The major risk is infection. Other risks are reduced blood counts, liver inflammation, hair lose (methotrexate), and increased risk of lymphoma. There are other issues as well but the benefits of these meds in preventing joint damage is far greater than the risks of side effects. Btw, it is surprising that your doctor did not explain all of this to you when the meds were first prescribed. ...Read more

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What is the humira (adalimumab) injection procces?

What is the humira (adalimumab) injection procces?

Simple injections: The process is quite simple. Humira (adalimumab) comes in two froms: a standard pre-filled syringe or a "pen" in both cases you allow the medication to get to room temperature for 15-20 minutes, pick the site of injection on thigh or abdomen, swab the area with alcohol and then inject. The standard syringe simply gets pushed in over a few seconds. With the pen you insert the needle then push on the plunger ta. ...Read more

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I have Hidradentis Suppurativa will Humira help me?

Likely: This has been approved by the FDA for your condition which had had no effective Rx until now. ...Read more

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Will humira (adalimumab) make knees swell?

No!: More likely from the rheumatic condition you are taking it for! ...Read more

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Can I take humira (adalimumab) if pregnant?

Recent study...: From england posted results of 1000 women taking Humira (adalimumab) or like drug. The incidence of birth defects was not increased! ...Read more

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What are vision problems with humira (adalimumab)?

Not a problem: Humira (adalimumab) can cause numerous side effects. Visual problems are not a typical side effect of this medication. ...Read more

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Can you chew tobacco while on humira (adalimumab)?

No: I would not recommend chewing tobacco with or without humira (adalimumab). It would be best if you stop this habit immediately. The long-term health risks are something you'll discover 30 years from now. Please stop. ...Read more

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Does humira (adalimumab) cause irritating skin breakouts?

Yes: If you mean skin rashes, the answer is yes. Discuss this problem with the doctor who prescribed it. ...Read more

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Can you take pain killers while taking humira (adalimumab)?

Can you take pain killers while taking humira (adalimumab)?

Yes: There is no contraindication to the use of analgesics with humira (adalimumab). ...Read more

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How much does humira (adalimumab) compromise my immune system?

How much does humira (adalimumab) compromise my immune system?

No simple answer: Some physicians use t cell subsets to measure immune impairment but there are many other tests. It is actually quite hard to quantify easily. ...Read more

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What is infection risk that is caused by humira (adalimumab)?

What is infection risk that is caused by humira (adalimumab)?

Humira (adalimumab) infections: Viral infections, bacterial infections, fungal infections and tuberculosis are some of infections with Humira (adalimumab) usage. Extent, site, organ system involved vary in patient to patient. Hepatitis b infection can become active in carriers of this virus.Assocated medication usage, patients over all health, other chronic diseases can play a role in cause and severity of infection. Check with your dr. ...Read more

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Are there other alternatives to enbrel (etanercept) and humira?

Many!: Methotrexate, sulfasalazine, Imuran, and other non-biologics.

Other TNF-alpha inhibitors exist, such as Simponi and Remicade! ...Read more

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I was on humira and felt terrible, is enbrel (etanercept) any better?

Switching meds: The current recommendation is to try a medication with a different mechanism of action. That being said, before there were so many options, switching between Enbrel and Humira was quite common. Sometimes it helps, just as sometimes one pill in a class of drugs works better than another. ...Read more

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Is there an immune system build up after discontinuing humira (adalimumab)?

Humira (adalimumab): The body makes tnf- Alpha as one of the proteins involved in systemic inflammation. When any tnf blocker is stopped inflammation will usually increase and the levels of many cytokines that are involved in inflammation increase as the systemic inflammation increases but tnf is only one protein that increases with increases in inflammation. There is not a build up. ...Read more

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What are the complications when taking humira (adalimumab) while being pregnant?

What are the complications when taking humira (adalimumab) while being pregnant?

None to date but: None have been reported to date, but not much if any gets to the fetus early, but substantial amounts do in the third trimester. Even though there are no reports of pregnancy loss or fetal problems to date, there have been no rigorous studies done, and therefore it is between your doctor and you as to the gain versus risk. N.a. ...Read more

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How much does taking weekly humira (adalimumab) injections lower my immune system?

How much does taking weekly humira (adalimumab) injections lower my immune system?

Not definitive: It lowers resistance, but unclear how much. Essential is avoiding infectious exposure. Avoid individuals who have had live vaccines - for 30 days after vaccination. ...Read more

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Immune system build up after discontinuing humira, (adalimumab) can you tell me about this?

Humira (adalimumab) Clearance: It takes about 5-6 x the "half life" for the body to metabolize / excrete a medication from the body. The "half life" of Humira (adalimumab) is 10-20 days. The shortest time period it would take for Humira (adalimumab) to be cleared from your body would be 5x10 or 50 days (almost 2 months) and the longest would be 6x20 or 120 days (4 months). Probably after 3 months your immune system wouldn't see the effects of Humira (adalimumab) ...Read more

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Do you increase your chance of getting cancer if your humira (adalimumab) dosage is doubled?

Perhaps: Humira (adalimumab) is an immune system modulator. No one would take this medication to turn down the immune system (with the potential that a new cancer might not be noticed) unless there was a greater problem at hand. If your rheumatoid arthritis is tolerable, as is, then please don't start on this medication.

On the other hand, life is a series of trade-offs. Take this medicine if it is worth it. ...Read more

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Had an RA flail up. My Humira expired May 2016 any danger taking it or is it just not as effective?

Had an RA flail up. My Humira expired May 2016 any danger taking it or is it just not as effective?

You can: Develop antibodies to humira, called blocking antibodies! This process can diminish the effectiveness with time! They can be measured by a blood test! ...Read more

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Can I take my methotrexate and humira (adalimumab) injections on the same day? Would it be better to split up?

Safe on same day: Humira (adalimumab) has a long half life. That means that two weeks after an infusion of it, you still have about half the amount of drug in your blood as you did an hour after the infusion. So it doesn't matter what day you take methotrexate. ...Read more

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