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Do You Continue Humira After Shingles
One month: The manufacturer states to remain off Humira and other tnf Alpha antagonists for one or more months after the discontinuation of these drugs before receiving the shingles vaccine. Ideally, this could be done one month or more before receiving the vaccine also. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 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 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 injection?
NO: No! you must see your rheumatologist before getting any further injections. ...Read more
My doc gave me humira 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
Humira: 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Humira 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 is 10-20 days. The shortest time period it would take for Humira 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 ...Read more
After starting humira almost 3 months ago i am noticing hairloss. Is this normal? Will it adjust? or will i loose my hair completelly? Thank you
Hair loss: With Humira, not a known side effect of the drug, mind you, you are on imuran as well, both drugs increase risk of infection, keep a close follow up with your doctors. Probably the hair loss is an indirect effect of the suppressed immune system to control the original disease, just observe and report to your doctor, wish you wellness ...Read more
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