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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

Shingles is 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?

One month: The manufacturer states to remain off Humira (adalimumab) 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 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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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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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?

Unlikely: I suspect the reason that you're taking the Humira (adalimumab) is why the knees swell. It may be that you need to switch from the hmira every other week to a shorter interval perhaps every 10 days. You need to discuss with your physician who is giving you the humira, (adalimumab) your underlying diagnosis. ...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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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

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Adalimumab (Definition)

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