Humira and prednisone

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I am still on prednisone and my body won't let me get off of it. My doctor wants me to start Humira, but I am scared. I don't like reading about the side effects and things that can happen when on that drug. Does anyone have any experience with this drug (Humira)? I would really appreciate it. Thank you so much.
Has anyone been on Humira and what kind of result did you have? Any side effects? I am on lots of meds which are not decreasing the pain. My doctor wants to put me on Humira and I was wondering if anyone out there has had any success with this drug. I am desperate to NOT be in pain anymore. Help...
he thinks that i will get some help from humira and i am to start that this week. i have done searches but only find info on humira induced lupus, nothing about treating lupus with humira. is anyone on here taking humira for lupus? any advise would be greatly appreciated. thanks!!
will I ever get off of prednisone, would like to as I have some weight gain and do have a moon face... what can I expect???
There are enough other sites and posts of the same complaint and also in the first 6 months on Humira. It was about my 3rd injection I think when I started having tooth pain in my upper front teeth. Within a couple of days, my bottom front teeth stated hurting. I skipped a week of Humira under Dr advice incase I was fighting a sinus infection. Symptoms got better. Then I started back on my Humira last night and my teeth are killing me again.
My hands/feet have become swollen and my joints hurt more than before I started taking the Humira. I also have systemic vasculitis (Churg-Strauss Syndrome) and am on Cytoxan and Prednisone, but I have been taking both for more than a year and know the side-effects from each. I am looking to see if anybody else has had the same happen to them or if they know what could cause this reaction with Humira.
He is on morphine and fentanyl and it doesn't even touch the pain. The Humira has kept him in remission for 4 years, so we don't want to go off of it, but I worry about what it is doing to his mind/body/spirit! He was on Remicade for a while, but would go into anaphylactic shock everytime, so we had to sedate him. The Remicade never put him in remission, either.
Not sure what your history with RA is. Normally treatment is started with Plaquenil and then move onto Prednisone or DMARD's or immune suppressants. You could try other things but I imagine they would only help with the pain and not necessarily the joint degeneration. With the drugs they can halt or slow down joint and organ damage.
The only treatment that helps me is prednisone which also affected my bones so badly.Now my doctor wants me to start humira, did any of you did take it while pregnant? I am not pregnant, but, planing on it. My doctor said it's safe, but for me, you neve know and I always like to get a second openion.
I was diagnosed with Crohns 5 years ago. After high dosage of prednisone and infusions it went away. I thoguht I was home free but 5 years later its back with avengence. Nothing is working. This time its really bad and I feel scared. Doc tells me our next step is remicade, humira etc. After researching I dont feel comfortable with trying any of those. It seems that it may help with the crohns but start a whole new diesease to tackle.
I would call you ob gyn Dr and then GI Dr prednisone, humira, and asacol does not seem to harm the baby and if Dr agree the seem to be OK while pregnant but your ob Dr and GI will tell you for sure but imuran should not be taken while pregnant.Most women while pregnant fell better during this time they tend to go in to remission ans not have any symptoms or flares while pregnant.Good Luck.
During this time I continued with plaquenil and humira. Within the last week my joints have gotten more painful and my muscles also more painful (dx with fibromyalgia also). Two days ago I noticed a mole on my lower back with a raised red area around it and currently there are several areas going From there down my left hip. It itches but is also very sore underneath the areas when pressed on. Right now they just look like a hive.
I have been treated for rheumatoid arthritis with Humira for 7 months including a combination of Humira and methotrexate for the past 2 months. I also take 5mg of prednisone, and 6 Azulfadine tablets each day. I was taking Humira once every fourteen days and I am on 15mg of methotrexate a week. About a month ago, I started experiencing numbness in my toes and feet. I mentioned it to my rheumatologist but she wasn't concerned and simply told me it wasn't rheumatoid arthritis.
During this time I have had uveitis (lasted for about 4 months) followed by gastritis (8 months), followed by strep throat leading to chronic tonsilitis and re-occuring bronchitis flares for 6 months that triggered asthma and now back to uveitis... Additional meds have been added to treat this, Pred Forte and Prednisone taper (uveitis), Prilosec and various other pump blockers (gastritis), 20days amoxicillin (strep) 10 weeks on amoxicillin (bronchitis), singulair and dulera for asthma.
I understand the concern with the TNF blockers (Remicade, Humira, etc). take care and I wish her well.
Hi my name is steven 22 yr old male i was diagnosed with crohn's about 3 years ago by endoscopy and colonoscopy,i was put on prednisone pentasa and 6mp i got well very soon taking in consideration i droped from 190 to 115 in about 5 months and gained this back in 3 but i started flaring up again and i lost wieght again this was about 9 months ago now i weigh about 150 and since then i havent been all to well i have a small kidney stone on my left side but some times it hurts on my right side i
I was on seasonale for about a year or so and I was always in a flare. I had the birth control injection because while I was in the trial I was so sick that I wasn't absorbing medication. (Lost 27lbs). Now whenever I "spot" are start to, my colitis freaks out and makes me bed ridden. I've been in bed for about 4 days now. Also, I googled coconut oil and how it could effect my colitis. Does it or could it cause a flare? I read that some people use it actually to remedy the symptoms.
My biggest issue is that my drs do not really answer all my questions and then I am left wondering. I too have been on prednisone and am trying to stay off of it, but many times it is the only med I can tolerate. Good luck with your treatment and thanks for the reply!
Humira may work for you. Humira suppresses the immune system and is FDA-approved for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. A study involved 13 patients with Crohn's disease. All had been taking Remicade, but were no longer getting any relief from it. In the six-month study, they got an initial 80-milligram injection of Humira, then 40-milligram injections every two weeks. Researchers tracked their symptom relief.
will I ever get off of prednisone, would like to as I have some weight gain and do have a moon face... what can I expect???
I have never experienced as much as anyone here and with determination, hope and perserverence I hope you all find something that works for you and makes your lives much easier. I too started on prednisone and then put onto 8 tablets of sulphalazaline which I am allergic to so they had to prescribe mesasal. I only have prednisone once in a blue moon now with sever flare ups.
I was diagnosed with Crohns 5 years ago. After high dosage of prednisone and infusions it went away. I thoguht I was home free but 5 years later its back with avengence. Nothing is working. This time its really bad and I feel scared. Doc tells me our next step is remicade, humira etc. After researching I dont feel comfortable with trying any of those. It seems that it may help with the crohns but start a whole new diesease to tackle.
I asked if it was ok to take with my HUMIRA and prednisone and was told it was fine. I was injected with the vaccine and became ill within 24 hours and my eyes became seriously inflamed. I sought medical care and saw a Opthamologist who diagnosed Iritis and Uveitis. Six months later my vision has deteriorated and I have considerable floaters. I have been referred to a major medical school, and Eye Institute.
Rheumatoid Factor was normal. CRP was elevated too. Every joint in my body hurts. 40 mg Prednisone per day helps a lot, but ANA unchanged. I also have Crohn's disease, which is in remission. I had taken Humira for 8-9 mos for the Crohn's, Dr stopped me when all of these joint problems started as precaution.
I am 31wks and have had a partial blockage for two weeks. I was put on prednisone and on a liquid diet (also have gestational diabetes). Nothing is helping. If anyone has suggestions they are greatly appreciated. I'm still on Humira and go in for regular iv fluids.
BTW my crohn's WAS in remission until recently and I'm on Humira hoping that it goes back into remission. I highly doubt that ANY doctor would do a bariactric surgery on a patient that has their Crohn's disease that is fairly active. I had a heart attack last year and actually lost about 40 lbs. Yes it is hard but you can do it!!!! Again Good Luck!!!!!!!
DH has asked me to get some opinions from you gals on here since you've been so wonderful with all of your support and sadly have been through this yourselves. I'm at a crossroads here and considering there isn't much money left or emotions, we could really use an opinion in where to go from here. How many times do you keep doing the same thing hoping for different results but fail time after time?
Heat is wonderful and so can aspercream or that capsicam cream too for some relief. Control the arthritis and you control the pain level. Celebrex, methotrexate, enbrel, humira..... many NSAIDS just to mention a few RA drugs out there. Prednisone does seem like the miriacle cure for a while, I know, been there done that, but can cause the endrocan (sp) system to not function normally since it starts to depend on the steroids, prednisone, instead.
He scoped me and my CR is very inflamed. Put me on Prednisone for 2 months and Imuran indeffinatly. I went from 8-12 BM to 1-2 (talk about stupid ha?) Feeling great, but had to go back for another colonoscopy. I was positive everything was peachy-dory. Doc comes out says I am still inflamed and have strictures (intestine thickening and slowly closing). So now he prescribes Humira... I FREAK OUT. He is bringing out the big guns. I now find out that my insurance doesn't cover it AT ALL.
Enbrel is not a steroidal anti-inflammatory medication like prednisone and such. Enbrel is a TNF-inhibitor (TNF = tumor necrosis factor, a soluble inflammatory cytokine) and works by suppressing TNF-alpha which triggers an inflammatory response in many auto-immune diseases, including RA. Enbrel differs from other TNF-inhibitors in that it's a circulating receptor fusion protein opposed to a monoclonal antibody, like Humira, Remicade, or Cimzia.
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