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Humira For Ankylosing Spondylitis
Hi could you tell me the would be any risks in taking humira for my ankylosing spondylitis/crohn's and anabolic steroids. Thanks?
EVERYTHING has risks: You can easily google HUMIRA go to the official website of the company & read the PLETHORA of side effects, contraindications, reactions with other medications, & warnings to its use. What I've written applies to each & every prescription medication approved by the FDA & even OTC's. Everything has risks- even vitamins! BUT THEY HAVE BENEFITS TOO. You should weight RISKS against BENEFITS. ...Read more
Ankylosing spondylitis is a condition in which a person (more often a man in his 20's or 30's) starts having back pain and inflammation between the bones in his spine, and between the spine and hip bones. The problem worsens over time, and the bones may fuse together (the person will appear stiff, unable to move as ...Read more
I have ankylosing spondylitis. I will begin taking humira. Does the differend brands of bio-medicin require the same bloodwork? Thank you
Yes, but not much: The anti-tnf medications (humira, enbrel, simponi, etc) don't require a lot of labs. I usually check labs for hepatitis b and TB before treatment, and a TB test annually after starting treatment. Keep in mind, that other medications (including naproxen) also require monitoring. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have been diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis...My age 23...My doctor put me on humira for 1year.The year is end with dramatic response.Shall istop?
Long Term treatment: This condition at this point has no cure so treatment is often life long. Regular assessment by a rhuematologist is needed so the disease can be followed, reactions to medications monitored and referral to surgeons set up if problems arise (ie spinal stenosis, fractures, infections from immuno-supression etc). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dear doctors, as a person with ankylosing spondylitis, could you tell about the price of tnf-inhibitors, such as etanercept, infliximab, adalimumab?
Several: Non-steroidal antiinflammatories like Motrin are effective and the best to start with. Prolonged use may cause gastric pain and ulcers. The most effective drugs are tnf inhibitors like infliximab, but they are extremely expensive and pose more severe side effects. Other options exist, like sulfasalazine, and your doctor can optimize treatment as severity and one's response change over time. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Systemic disease: A.S. Is a disease that fuses the spine. It starts at the bottom and works it's way up. It can also affect the rest of the body. Some more common problems are tendinitis, eye inflammation, heart murmurs, lung fibrosis. The newest research shows that Humira can slow/stop early disease. You should see a rheumatologist. Please ask again with any specific questions ...Read more
No but there is : Treatment and this would be best guided by a rheumatologist. First, you have to optimize your health in terms of weight control, not smoking & regular exercise along with various combinations of medication options that will be prescribed by the rheumatologist in addition to possible pt and orthopedic consultation. There are now disease modifying drugs as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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