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I Have A Question On Medications.

I Have A Question On Medications.

I’ve been diagnosed with RA 5 months ago. I’m currently taking Avara and Medrol, have been on these two meds since diagnosed with RA. My rheumatologist is tapering me off of the Medrol. On top of Avara, she’s proposing to add Humira and INH for 9 months to my treatment. Because I have a positive TB skin test. I would need to take INH with Humira. Anyone out there taking these medications, anything I should know about them such as major side effects and what to look out for. Is Humira effective… read more

A myRAteam Member said:

Humira worked well for me for 10 years, BUT people react differently to meds. Be open to trying several to find relief. Frustrating but necessary. You will know when you find one that works.

posted over 1 year ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I was several months ago diagnosed with a autoimmune skin disease called and was put on a dose of Humira for it. I don’t know if my Humira is not strong enough dose but without the Methotrexate injection once a week I was still having joints inflamed. My Rheumatologist told me that when 6 pills of Methotrexate weren’t enough and switched me to the injection form almost twice the dose that after that I would need a biologic. Methotrexate injection once a week still controls my RA. I draw out and give myself my Methotrexate injections and I am a type 2 Diabetic with 70/30 mix insulin pens I give myself 2 shots a day of it.
When I first got my first dose of Humira which was 2 -80 mg pens shipped to my home I didn’t inject either right and had what I am told was misfires. Humira pharmaceutical has a toll free help line to speak to a nurse or customer service person. I learned I was supposed to hold Humira pen against my skin for a certain count to make sure it all goes in. I had medicine from pen on my skin so most didn’t get in me.
I hold it pressed against my skin and count to 20 and that works for me. 15 days after successfully giving myself my first dose of the 160 mgs in the 2 pens I was instructed to do a second dose of 80 mgs and-5 days later I started as prescribed by Dermatologist to do 40 mgs once a week. The Humira took care of my skin problems at least.

posted about 1 year ago
A myRAteam Member said:

Humira was not strong enough for me and I believe it taps after so long. I had site injection reaction with Humira with hives as big as silver dollars, was told to take benedryl day before, day of and day after, not for me, so I am now on Symponi.

posted over 1 year ago
A myRAteam Member said:

Yes I also inject myself. I've been on it for about 10 years now and it's been keeping my arthritis stable. I have a lot of bone deterioration mainly because I've had arthritis so long that it's had a field day.

posted over 1 year ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I do not and have never taken Humira, I take Enbrel. I have done it with a needle, a pen and now I take the mini's with a little machine kind of thing. It is hand held. I was diagnosed in October 2015. It was the first biologic and the only one I have ever taken. I am in remission and I am praying it continues. One reason, is because they have a wonderful foundation that pays for it for me. It is approximately $1000.00 per week. You take one shot a week. That adds up fast. I have never paid for it. So, I have been fortunate.

You may ask why did you even comment if you don't use Humira?? Well, it is not because of the medication or how you take it. What I wanted to talk about was how fortunate you are to have an RA doctor that seems so willing to change when something is not working or whatever. May RA doctors are very slow to get you started on some meds and then they are very slow to change your med, unless there is an obvious allergic reaction. I love my RA doctor, she is wonderful, She picked the right medication right away, she helped me and coached me through getting on disability after telling I can not work anymore. I got it the first time. I am very thankful, but I also some nightmares from some RA patients, when they can't get it, or it takes all day, or they drive a bunch of miles. So, I rejoice with you that you have a very attentive and quick working doctor. When they are proactive the way you described, you get settled on the right medication and usually are able to stay on it short term. May God bless you on your journey.

posted about 1 month ago
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