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Do You Continue Humira After Shingles
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am in my 13th week s/p 2-tract shingles dx. I still have a visible rash right chest & upper back. Question: can I have a humira (adalimumab) injection?
NO: No! You must see your rheumatologist before getting any further injections. Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: If you mean skin rashes, the answer is yes. Discuss this problem with the doctor who prescribed it. Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's different: Different people react differently to different medications. It is possible that you will have the same trouble with Enbrel (etanercept) but it's also possible that you will have no trouble with enbrel (etanercept). The only way to know for certain is to try it. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Humera: There is a possibility of reactivation just like in tb. Read more
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