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Humira And Lymphoma
Humira: 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
I am 48 and so far have had no problems with humira which I have been on for 2 years but I am concernd about lymphoma. What are the percentages?
Don't lose any sleep: Humira is used to treat several different conditions. The increased risk of malignancy with this type of medication is probably very low. Also remember that some of the conditions Humira is used for, such as rheumatoid arthritis, have an increased risk of lymphoma, so it may be the disease that is causing a problem rather than the humira. ...Read more
If taking humira twice per month for one year and mtx every weekend will cause lymphoma and inflammation of the liver. How to avoid that from happenin?
blood tests: It is recommended to take blood tests every 8 weeks to screen for potential problems.Your rheumatologist is the best person to advise you. ...Read more
I have ra.Will start on taking humira plus methotrexate can I protect myself from having lymphoma amd liver inflamation?
RA: There is a higher risk to have the lymphoma in the patient with RA, comparing to the general population. The risk is higher when the patient is receiving the biological agents. Your doctor will follow your blood tests for the monitoring the liver function, the blood cells count. Alcohol should be avoided during the Methotrexate treatment. Hepatitis B, C, A tests will be done too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: The major risk is infections, including tuberculosis. Your doctor will want to screen you for past exposure to hepatitis b and TB because starting this medication. Other side effects include neurologic disorders, reduced blood counts and an increased risk of lymphoma. That said, biologics suchas Humira are superb in reducing the inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis and related disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Perhaps: Humira 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Humira 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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