Thursday, November 20, 2008

Good Humira Video and Information

Unforunately I was allergic to Humira, but I have heard wonderful things about Humira helping out other Crohn's Disease Patients. Check it out if you are considering Humira.

May help people achieve and maintain remission--that is, stop flare-ups for periods of time. In a clinical trial, 3 times as many patients taking HUMIRA experienced remission at 56 weeks versus those taking a placebo.
Can reduce or help stop many Crohn's symptoms, including painful cramps, persistent diarrhea, and fatigue.
Can work fast--many people experience a significant difference in their symptoms in just 4 weeks.
For Crohn's patients, HUMIRA is taken as just one injection every other week, after your initial starting doses.

I just got an email from Abbot Labs listing some of the side effects of Humira:

Possible side effects of HUMIRA:Serious side effects, which sometimes lead to death, have happened in patients taking HUMIRA.
Serious infections. These infections include TB (tuberculosis) and infections caused by viruses, fungi, or bacteria. Your doctor will examine you for TB and perform a test to see if you have TB. If your doctor feels that you are at risk for TB, you may be treated with medicine for TB before you begin treatment with HUMIRA and during treatment with HUMIRA. Even if your TB test is negative your doctor should carefully monitor you for TB infections while you are taking HUMIRA. Patients who had a negative TB skin test before receiving HUMIRA have developed active TB. Tell your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms while taking or after taking HUMIRA: cough, low-grade fever, weight loss, or loss of body fat and muscle.
Certain types of cancer. There have been cases of certain kinds of cancer in patients taking HUMIRA or other TNF blockers. Patients with RA, especially more serious RA, may have a higher chance for getting a kind of cancer called lymphoma. Some patients receiving HUMIRA have developed types of cancer called non-melanoma skin cancer (basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer of the skin), which are generally not life threatening if treated. Tell your doctor if you have a bump or open sore that doesn't heal.
Allergic reactions. Signs of a serious allergic reaction include skin rash, a swollen face, or trouble breathing.
Hepatitis B virus reactivation in patients that carry the virus in their blood. Tell your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms: feel unwell, poor appetite, fatigue, fever, rash or joint pain.
Nervous system problems. Signs and symptoms include: numbness or tingling, problems with your vision, weakness in your arms or legs, and dizziness.
Blood problems. Symptoms include a fever that does not go away, bruising or bleeding very easily, or looking very pale.
New heart failure or worsening heart failure you already have. Symptoms include shortness of breath or swelling of your ankles or feet, or sudden weight gain.
Immune reactions including a lupus-like syndrome. Symptoms include chest discomfort or pain that does not go away, shortness of breath, joint pain, or rash on your cheeks or arms that gets worse in the sun.
Call your doctor or get medical care right away if you develop any of the above symptoms. Your treatment with HUMIRA may be stopped.
Common side effects of HUMIRA are: injection site reactions (redness, rash, swelling, itching or bruising), upper respiratory infections (sinus infections), headaches, rash and nausea.

1 comment:

Nerdy_Girl said...

Hey! I've had crohn's disease for 3and a half years now. fortunately it seems to be in remission now after much battling. Delighted to find a blog such as yours!

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