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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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What is Humira (adalimumab) used for?

What is Humira (adalimumab) used for?

Several things: Humira (adalimumab) is used to treat a number of autoimmune diseases including several types of arthritis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease and certain types of eye inflammation. ...Read more

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Does humira (adalimumab) have severe side effects?

It can: While Humira (adalimumab) is generally well tolerated, in rare cases it can have serious side effects including life threatening infections. ...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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Help docs, is humira (adalimumab) a good or bad medication to be on?

Depends: It depends on the disease, the stage of the disease and and is it the best alternative for the disease. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of humira (adalimumab) that people worry about?

What are the side effects of humira (adalimumab) that people worry about?

Risk of infection.: Increased risk for infection and modest increase in certain malignacies--the overwhelming patients on the drug have nothing to worry about, but the increase is definite. Also, life insurance difficulties will invariably appear. Do everything possible not to go on the drugs, if other options have not been tried. ...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 much more does taking humira (adalimumab) once a week versus bi weekly increase chances of lymphoma?

Humira (adalimumab): 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

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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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My wife uses humira (adalimumab) to treat her psoriasis but it costs $1700/month. Is there a cheaper alternative?

Methotrexate: Has your doctor told you about patient support from abbott for its Humira (adalimumab) product? If not check with him/her. Methotrexate is a possible low cost alternative. ...Read more

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Giving myself Humira (adalimumab) shot, if I did the pull back trick and blood came out, Can I still use the shot? Humira (adalimumab) being too expensive.

Giving myself Humira (adalimumab) shot, if I did the pull back trick and blood came out, Can I still use the shot? Humira (adalimumab) being too expensive.

Yes: The pullback is to avoid injecting the medication directly into a vein. That could kill you. There is no problem at all in repositioning the needle and injecting the med with a little bit of your own blood. Completely safe. ...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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I have a small supply of humira (adalimumab) which is slightly out of date. I don't have a good means of obtaining more right now. Would it be harmful to use it?

Avoid expired meds: Expiry date means that these drugs are tested for that much time and was considered to hold the same efficacy as the tablets on the first day of manufacturing.

So expired medicines means there is no guarantees of any sort. So they are better to be avoided.. ...Read more

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I am 48 and so far have had no problems with humira (adalimumab) which I have been on for 2 years but I am concernd about lymphoma. What are the percentages?

I am 48 and so far have had no problems with humira (adalimumab) which I have been on for 2 years but I am concernd about lymphoma. What are the percentages?

Don't lose any sleep: Humira (adalimumab) 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 (adalimumab) 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 (adalimumab). ...Read more

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Taking Humira (adalimumab) (40) for SA and getting good results but pain returns 6-7 days before next shot. Any suggestions? +I'm on pain meds but really want off.

Taking Humira (adalimumab) (40) for SA and getting good results but pain returns 6-7 days before next shot. Any suggestions? +I'm on pain meds but really want off.

Mgt: This sometimes can occur prior to the dose, but I would recommend treating the pain with a heating pad and pain medication. Shortening the interval may increase the adverse reactions. Other possible changes to your regimen can include lowering the dose but giving the medication on a shorter interval. It is important to be tested for TB while taking the medication. ...Read more

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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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What exactly is a humira (adalimumab) injection?

Usually not an issue: Most patient have little injection site discomfort. It is the only true human tnf-alpha antibody, and is given once every two weeks for arthritis, and once weekly for crohn's. I have had more success with this biologic than any other. ...Read more

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What is the humira (adalimumab) injection procces?

What is the humira (adalimumab) injection procces?

Simple injections: The process is quite simple. Humira (adalimumab) comes in two froms: a standard pre-filled syringe or a "pen" in both cases you allow the medication to get to room temperature for 15-20 minutes, pick the site of injection on thigh or abdomen, swab the area with alcohol and then inject. The standard syringe simply gets pushed in over a few seconds. With the pen you insert the needle then push on the plunger ta. ...Read more

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I have Hidradentis Suppurativa will Humira help me?

Likely: This has been approved by the FDA for your condition which had had no effective Rx until now. ...Read more

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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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Humira (Definition)

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