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How long does it take for humira (adalimumab) to work?

How long does it take for humira (adalimumab) to work?

See details: It may start to work after 1 or 2 injections but it usually takes 3-4 months to reach its maximum effectiveness. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
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On humira (adalimumab) for the last 4 months. I have hidradenitis supprativa and it has not improved, it's worse. How long does it take to work? Should i stop it?

Now: You should have seen an effect by now and it should not be getting worse. A concurrent infection should be ruled out since worsening in setting of immunosuppresive therapy. ...Read more

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Does RA factor play into how long it will take Humira (adalimumab) to work? My RA factor is 600. And I just had my 2nd dose. Hoping it kicks in soon.

Does RA factor play into how long it will take Humira (adalimumab) to work? My RA factor is 600. And I just had my 2nd dose. Hoping it kicks in soon.

No: We don't have a good way yet to identify who will respond. You have sero-positive RA. Your chances o fresponding are still very good - so stick with it and discuss this with your rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Is there a waiting period between changing from enbrel (etanercept) to humira? If so, how long? Then how long before humira begins to work?

Is there a waiting period between changing from enbrel (etanercept) to humira? If so, how long? Then how long before humira begins to work?

One week: I would start Humira one week after your last Enbrel (etanercept) injection. There is no hard and fast rule. I have seen Humira work as quickly as within two weeks and as long as three months. These medications should be given for at least three months before switching. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have chrons and take humira among many other meds. Since starting I am no longer anemic, however I am vitamin d deficient. Have taken one 3 month 50k ibu course but my levels are now lower. Looking for other opinions.?

I have chrons and take humira among many other meds. Since starting I am no longer anemic, however I am vitamin d deficient. Have taken one 3 month 50k ibu  course but my levels are now lower. Looking for other opinions.?

Increase your dose: It is safe to take rather high doses of d3 as long as you get your level checked periodically to be sure you are not getting toxic. I frequently have pts on 10 k units daily or 50k weekly and then retest in a month. Take with food to increase absorption. D3 is generally better than d2 -longer half life. People with primary hyperparathyroidism, tb, sarcoid and lymphoma should not take vitamin d. ...Read more

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I am a 26 year old male on humira (adalimumab) and would like to know what i can take for pain ?

I am a 26 year old male on humira (adalimumab) and would like to know what i can take for pain ?

Not enough info: Where is the pain? If it is joint pain, is the joint swollen? Provide more specifics. ...Read more

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Should i take humira (adalimumab) if I have shingles?

Should i take humira (adalimumab) if I have shingles?

No!: Not while you have active disease. Getting shigles could be caused by Humira! ...Read more

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How long will "humira" last in my refrigerator?

Months: or until it meets the expiration date! ...Read more

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How long can the drug "humira" last in my refrigerator?

As long as the E.D: There is an experation data on the box it came in. I would not go too much further than the date, as long as it has been well refrigerated. ...Read more

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How long to stay off humira (adalimumab) before surgery?

How long to stay off humira (adalimumab) before surgery?

Two weeks!: Two weeks before (one dose), and two weeks after is very much the standard protocol! ...Read more

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If i take humira, (adalimumab) can I ever have the zostovax shot?

See below: That vaccine is a live vaccine. You need to speak with your prescribing doctor about whether you can leave the Humira (adalimumab) off for a period of time if you are determined to have this vaccine. ...Read more

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Do you take humira (adalimumab)? What side effects have you noticed?

Biologic side effec: Humira (adalimumab) is an anti-tumor necrosis factor monoclonal antibody. It can interfer with the activity of rheumatoid arthritis and crohn's and help patients. It does suppress the immune protection of the body and there are a long list of side effects: the most common is increased risk of infections and we have to monitor you for that. Most of the others on the list can occur and we follow you. ...Read more

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I am going to to take humira (adalimumab) soon. What are the side effects?

Infection risk: The major side effect is an increased risk of infection. Other side effects includes lowered blood counts, elevated live enzymes, neurological disorders and a small risk for lymphoma. ...Read more

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How well does humira (adalimumab) actually work for psoriasis? And what does it mean to be moderate/severe?

How well does humira (adalimumab) actually work for psoriasis? And what does it mean to be moderate/severe?

Well enough: Humira (adalimumab) targets the tumor necrosis factor (tnf) which is involved in inflammation and immune response. However when there is too much, the target may get damaged. Psoriasis involving mainly the skin, phototherapy may be helpful. But for arthritis, Humira (adalimumab) (and other tnf inhibitors) is a good option. They all have similar side effects- the risk of severe infection. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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First day of humira (adalimumab) and still hurting can I take something for the pain. I am still in pain and I have swelling. Can i take an OTC drug to help?

First day of humira (adalimumab) and still hurting can I take something for the pain. I am still in pain and I have swelling. Can i take an OTC drug to help?

Yes: You can try aleve (naproxen) or advil but they have limited value. Often a small dose of Prednisone is very helpful until the Humira becomes effective. Discuss this issue with your rheumatologist. ...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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Can you take pain killers while taking humira (adalimumab)?

Can you take pain killers while taking humira (adalimumab)?

Yes: There is no contraindication to the use of analgesics with humira (adalimumab). ...Read more

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Can I take my methotrexate and humira (adalimumab) injections on the same day? Would it be better to split up?

Safe on same day: Humira (adalimumab) has a long half life. That means that two weeks after an infusion of it, you still have about half the amount of drug in your blood as you did an hour after the infusion. So it doesn't matter what day you take methotrexate. ...Read more

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Are there any between marijuana and Humira (adalimumab)? Would it be safe to take marijuana occasionally?

Are there any between marijuana and Humira (adalimumab)?
Would it be safe to take marijuana occasionally?

Interaction: I don't think that there is any interaction between humira (adalimumab) and marijuana use. Your physician who prescribed the humira (adalimumab) can answer this question if you have further concerns. ...Read more

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My daughter has Crohn's disease and has started Humira 3weeks ago. How long till it starts working and what can she do for her diarhea in the meantime?

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Call doctor: The diarrhea may well be the side effect from Humira. As for responses, they vary from person to person. Contact your doctor re. the diarrhea however. ...Read more

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I take humira (adalimumab) for Crohn's disease. I also take melatonin to sleep and read melatonin may affect the humira (adalimumab). Should I be concerned?

I take humira (adalimumab) for Crohn's disease. I also take melatonin to sleep and read melatonin may affect the humira (adalimumab). Should I be concerned?

Not really: It is good that you are reading the labels/warnings before using medications etc...But fortunately there is not much interaction between melatonin and humira (adalimumab)... ...Read more

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What's average amount of time people can take biologics (ex: humira (adalimumab) or enbrel) before developing an immunity to it? Do all patients develop immunity?

See below: Patients are more apt to develop resistance to biologic if they are not on methotrexate. However; not all patients are candidate to be on methotrexate. Some patients never have a problem and some do. It is hard to comment on the average amount of time because it is an individual phenomena. ...Read more

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Trying to boost my immune system.Can i take echinacea or astragalus while on humira (adalimumab) for as?

Humira (adalimumab) and herbs: Yes, however, there is no scientific data that these herbs will do anything. A healthy diet is the best way to boost your immune system. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
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Humira (Definition)

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