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

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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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Can I still do humira (adalimumab) shots if I have had skin cancer recently?

Can I still do humira (adalimumab) shots if I have had skin cancer recently?

Yes: Humira (adalimumab) is associated with an increased incident of infections. You must be TB test negative and a negative screening test for heapatitis. There is a small long term risk of congestive heart failure, neurological problems and rarely lymphoma. Transplant drugs , not biologics are linked to increases risk of skin cancer after 5 years of use. ...Read more

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Is humira safe for me to go on? I am worried about getting infections and maybe cancer. And about the long term side effects?

Do you NEED it?: All decisions to take medication, even an aspirin, weigh risks and benefits. Apart from hormone replacements and nutritional supplements, the only medicines that do not have significant side effects are the placebo treatments of charlatans. Adalimumab has enabled people crippled by arthritis, psoriasis, colitis and so forth to live normal lives. Infections recognized early can be managed. ...Read more

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Is neulasta (pegfilgrastim) given to patients taking humira? I know humira patients have a higher risk of infections and since I'm a cancer survivor, just curious.

No: Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) is for patients who lose their neutrophils (major component of white blood cells), due to radiation or chemotherapy mainly. Humira suppresses the immune system, to reduce inflammation, through other mechanisms not affecting neutrophil count ...Read more

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How much more does taking humira (adalimumab) once a week versus bi weekly increase chances of lymphoma?

Humira (adalimumab): Side effects depend on several factors: the original disease, concomitant use of other medications like immunosuppressants. Dosing / frequency differ for from one indication to the other, and lymphoma isn't the only thing to worry about, confer with your doctor about risk/benefit ratio, and close follow up, no one can precisely predict, judicious use and weighing alternatives should be followed ...Read more

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On actemra (tocilizumab) IV(dose increase in dec)and methotrexate for 5 mon now but still having bad flare ups. Tried humira,enbrel,etc. since diagnosis in Dec 2013?

Your question is?: Your have not asked a question. This issue needs to be discussed with your rheumatologist. No one can give you specific advice over the internet without a complete history and exam. ...Read more

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Am scared to take humira (adalimumab). Can i ask my doc to increase my mtx dose and the folic acid? I am taking 15mg mtx and 5mg folic

Am scared to take humira (adalimumab). Can i ask my doc to increase my mtx dose and the folic acid? I am taking 15mg mtx and 5mg folic

asking a doctor: When a good doctor -patient relationship exists, the patient is comfortable in asking the doctor anything. A good physician always finds the time to fully answer your questions. It is also O.K. To decline a doctors recommendation and to seek a second opinion. ...Read more

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Dangers of adding a lght.Dosage of HGH while taking humira (adalimumab) and methotrexate for ra. I am 41yr. Female. 122 lbs. Ty. ?

HGH and RA: I am not aware of any studies that show it is effective. The most important treatment, by far, is treatment that reduces inflammation. If you want to try something in addition to Humira (adalimumab) and methotrexate, consider fish oils. There is actually some evidence for that. But talk to your rheumatologist above all. ...Read more

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I'm having awful nausea from Humira (adalimumab) injections. OTC suggestions? I had the same thing with the last injection which lasted 6 days. Last dose was Wed

Ask for Rx: Talk to your doctor about this since there are drugs to treat this condition. Ginger may help but may try Emmetrol (unsure if it is OTC ) as well. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
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Adalimumab (Definition)

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Dr. Robert Lowe
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Humira (Definition)

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