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Doctor insights on: Do You Continue Humira After Shingles

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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?

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)?

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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Does Humira (adalimumab) cause Lupus?

Never heard of it: I can't think of a mechanism wherein Humira (adalimumab) would lead to Lupus. However it is usually used to treat autoimmune disorders and those who already have an autoimmune disease are at risk to develop another as the result of impaired immune regulation Read more

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Will humira (adalimumab) make knees swell?

Will humira (adalimumab) make knees swell?

NO: In general Humira (adalimumab) will make swollen knees better - assuming the swelling is due to an inflammatory arthritis like rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis. 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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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?

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

Yes: It depends on the disease being treated. For psoriasis (my field is dermatology), there is infliximab (remicade), ustekinemab (stelara), alefacept (amevive) - not used much now and golimumab (simponi) - not used much either. Read more

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

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 more

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