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How much does taking weekly humira (adalimumab) injections lower my immune system?

How much does taking weekly humira (adalimumab) injections lower my immune system?

Not definitive: It lowers resistance, but unclear how much. Essential is avoiding infectious exposure. Avoid individuals who have had live vaccines - for 30 days after vaccination. ...Read more

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I have uc. I take humira (adalimumab) bi weekly but still have active colitis. Wants me to do weekly humira (adalimumab). How much more does this suppress your immune system?

I have uc. I take humira (adalimumab) bi weekly but still have active colitis. Wants me to do weekly humira (adalimumab). How much more does this suppress your immune system?

It does suppress it: In general, when someone takes humira (adalimumab) more frequently, their immune system will theoretically be more affected. That being said, no more tests will be needed. Also, one should assess the risk and the benefit of any intervention, because every intervention carries risk with it. Humira (adalimumab) here is trying to postpone the need for surgery. ...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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Is there an immune system build up after discontinuing humira (adalimumab)?

Humira (adalimumab): 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 more

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Immune system build up after discontinuing humira, (adalimumab) can you tell me about this?

Humira (adalimumab) 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 (adalimumab) is 10-20 days. The shortest time period it would take for Humira (adalimumab) 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 (adalimumab) ...Read more

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Is it true that taking the combination of prednisone and Humira (adalimumab) for 6 months is not safe and suppresses the immune system completely?

MD supervision: Is mandatory while using those strong medications, counseling is important too, which I'm sure happened, yes steroids and biologicals suppress the immun system, but not permanently ...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

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What would happen if one took methotrexate injections weekly and their immune system was not overactive? Would they feel sick or have side effects?

Yes: In many patients yes in many patients know it is a liver toxin which causes fibrosis of the liver with long-term use . This has to be monitored all during the drug usage every six months. ...Read more

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Do immune globulins lower my immune system?

Do immune globulins lower my immune system?

No: Immune globulins actually augment the immune system, by bringing in a large dose of antibodies to a particular substance. The globulins bind to whatever toxin they are targeted to and help your immune system recognize those toxins as something worth fighting. There are many different immune globulins available, such as vzig (anti-varicella) and hbig (anti hep-b). ...Read more

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Will cutting calories lower my immune system or make me feel lethargic?

Donot wonder: How much calories are you cutting down and why? If eat healthy balanced diet with reasonable calories would feel healthy. Consult a nutritionist. 5frits veges, berries helps. ...Read more

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Can the fentanyl patch raise my BP and lower my immune system? I've had sores on my lips since I started the patch and high BP. Thanks.

Can the fentanyl patch raise my BP and lower my immune system? I've had sores on my lips since I started the patch and high BP. Thanks.

Just the opposite: Fentanyl is known to cause lower blood pressure or hypotension. Mouth or lip sores were not reported, but may be the result of dry mouth that can occur with fentanyl. Hypersensitivity which corresponds to the immune system has been reported with fentanyl. ...Read more

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Does radiation lower immune system?

Does radiation lower immune system?

Yes: Radiation primarily has its effects on lymphoid tissue. Lymphocytes are in part responsible for helping to fight off infections. ...Read more

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Does Flonase lower the immune system?

Does Flonase lower the immune system?

No: Its action is mostly topical and it takes much large doses of oral or injectable steroid for many months to suppress the immune system even a little bit. ...Read more

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Does rituximab lower your immune system?

Yes: Rituximab (rituxin) is a monoclonal antibody to cd20 an antigen located on lymphocytes. One consequence of using this drug is a drop in lymphocyte numbers (bad cells and good cells). This decline lowers the effectiveness of the immune system for a period of time. ...Read more

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Does having rituximab lower your immune system?

Does having rituximab lower your immune system?

Yes: Rituximab is directed against an antigen found on lymphocytes (cd20). It attaches to this antigen and causes destruction of the lymphocyte. Its action is indiscriminate therefore the lymphocyte population is transiently decreased leading to a lowering of the function of the immune system for brief periods of time. ...Read more

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Could being underweight lower your immune system?

Only if: If you are underweight from doing too much exercise, your immune system may be impaired due to over-exertion. Marathoners have been found to be more susceptible to respiratory tract infections. The answer is moderation. Otherwise, it should not impact your immune system unless you are malnourished. ...Read more

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Does having rituximab lower your immune system afterwards?

Yes: Rituximab is an antibody which affects white blood cells. It is used to treat a variety of conditions including rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. It is a long lasting medication which can lower your immune system many months after you receive it. Check with your doctor about how to minimize infections after you receive rituximab. Best to avoid immunization with live vaccines 6+ months after a dose. ...Read more

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Is it possible for asthma to make you sick or lower your immune system?

No: Patients with asthma will usually have a very normal immune system with regard to infections. Their ige system may respond to foreign protein and they may have their symptoms triggered by an allergic response to one of the "allergens" patients with asthma will also often have their asthma symptoms triggered if they have a viral infection. ...Read more

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