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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 (Definition)

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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What is humira (adalimumab) for?

What is humira (adalimumab) for?

Too treat severe....: Rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis. Ankylosing spondylitis and crohn's disease. I have used it off label in treating temporal arteritis and a few other conditions. However, off label uses are generally not covered by insurance. ...Read more

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Does Humira (adalimumab) cause Lupus ?

Never heard of it: I can't think of a mechanism wherein Humira (adalimumab) would lead to Lupus. However it is usually used to treat autoimmune disorders and those who already have an autoimmune disease are at risk to develop another as the result of impaired immune regulation ...Read more

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Will humira (adalimumab) make knees swell?

Will humira (adalimumab) make knees swell?

NO: In general Humira (adalimumab) will make swollen knees better - assuming the swelling is due to an inflammatory arthritis like rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis. ...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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What are vision problems with humira (adalimumab)?

Uncommon: Although uncommon, Humira (adalimumab) may be associated with vision problems including cataracts and optic neuritis, an inflammatory condition of the optic nerves. ...Read more

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Can you chew tobacco while on humira (adalimumab)?

No: I would not recommend chewing tobacco with or without humira (adalimumab). It would be best if you stop this habit immediately. The long-term health risks are something you'll discover 30 years from now. Please stop. ...Read more

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Does humira (adalimumab) cause irritating skin breakouts?

Yes: If you mean skin rashes, the answer is yes. Discuss this problem with the doctor who prescribed it. ...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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What is infection risk that is caused by humira (adalimumab) ?

What is infection risk that is caused by humira (adalimumab) ?

Humira (adalimumab) infections : Viral infections, bacterial infections, fungal infections and tuberculosis are some of infections with Humira (adalimumab) usage.Extent, site, organ system involved vary in patient to patient . Hepatitis b infection can become active in carriers of this virus.Assocated medication usage, patients over all health, other chronic diseases can play a role in cause and severity of infection. Check with your dr. ...Read more

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Are there other alternatives to enbrel (etanercept) and humira?

Are there other alternatives to enbrel (etanercept) and humira?

Yes: It depends on the disease being treated. For psoriasis (my field is dermatology), there is infliximab (remicade), ustekinemab (stelara), alefacept (amevive) - not used much now and golimumab (simponi) - not used much either. ...Read more

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I was on humira and felt terrible, is enbrel (etanercept) any better?

It's different: Different people react differently to different medications. It is possible that you will have the same trouble with Enbrel (etanercept) but it's also possible that you will have no trouble with enbrel (etanercept). The only way to know for certain is to try it. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Lowe
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