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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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Humira (adalimumab) will it get rid of hidradenitis suppurata?

Promising results...: A number of case studies and small trials are demonstrating some promise with this biologic agent. However, it's still considered experimental.

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I am taking Humira. A couple of rashes have appeared on my body. How can I best get the rashes to go away, or at least stop itching so I can sleep?

Cause and effect?: Speak with your doctor about a possible Humira adverse reaction, particularly if you have developed on the drug the following: Numbness or tingling, Vision problems, Weakness in your legs, Chest pain, Shortness of breath, New joint pain, Hives, Itching.

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Can I get the flu shot if I'm on humira (adalimumab)?

Yes: Inactivated or subunit vaccines are not contraindicated in people on this type of medicine. The live attenuated FluMist vaccine should not be given.

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Can humira (adalimumab) effect my sinuses, I always get a stuffy nose?

Yes: Upper respiratory infections and sinusitis are relatively common adverse reactions which can be associated with humira (adalimumab).

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I inject humira (adalimumab) in my stomach and sometimes I get a bruise, sometimes I don't. How do I stay bruise fee? Its not the pen its the syringe.

Try this.: When you bruise it is because you have injured a small vessel that leaks some blood before it finally clots off. There is no way to avoid hitting a vessel you can't even see but you could try holding some firm pressure against the injection site for a few minutes after injection. No guarantees.

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I have rheumatoid arthritis and take methotrexate and humira (adalimumab) injections. I want to get look better by getting filler for my face. Please let me know which ones are not in conflict with my medications. Thanks?

I have rheumatoid arthritis and take methotrexate and humira (adalimumab) injections. I want to get look better by getting filler for my face. Please let me know which ones are not in conflict with my medications. Thanks?

Filler options: You need to avoid sculptra with RA as you may be at increased risk for nodule and granuloma formation. Ha fillers like juvederm or Restylane (dermal fillers) should be safe but last only a year or so. Fat transfer is a good long term option but has more down time. Consult with a local experienced facial plastic surgeon.

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I went to the doctor today bc of frequent urination. I get up at least twice a night to pee. My urine also smells very strong. No infection. On Humira?

Humira Side Effects: While frequent urination (polyuria) is a reported side effect, it is best to be checked for diabetes as well. A simple series of tests can rule that in or out. How long have you been on Humira? If a long time, and this is a new finding, I would definitely get checked for diabetes first, and then your physician can go from there with the further work up, if indicated

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