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03-08-2012, 07:15 PM   #1
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Shingles and on Humira

Hi everyone

Just wondering your thoughts as two doctors and a pharmacist can't give me a straight answer...

I'm a week overdue on my Humira shot now, and a few days ago developed and was diagnosed with shingles. It's being treated with a 7-day run of famciclovir (I'm on Day 2).

Should I put off the H shot another few days? Or take it now? My worry is that if I take it now, the shingles will take longer to heal, but if I don't take it... I don't want to trigger a flare. The antibiotics are already upsetting my stomach pretty bad. I'm just looking for opinions, I'm still going to keep my doctor in the conversation, but wanted to see if my fellow Humies have had shingles, and what they did...

PS - shingles is so awful!! So painful!!! :S
Diagnosis: Crohn's Disease (May 2007)
Meds: Double-dose of Remicade, every 6 weeks
*I'm going to start saying I'm in REMISSION now! Three years since my last hospitalization!*
03-08-2012, 07:23 PM   #2
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I would definitely wait until the shingles have cleared
My daughter is on Cimzia and broke out with blisters that the local ER thought was shingles. Come to find out a few days later it was a MRSA staff infection, but none the less, she still had to stop the treatment until it was cleared.
Of course, it is up to your doctor, just my opinion

Good luck ~ I hear it is really painful !
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and Austin (18)
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03-08-2012, 07:30 PM   #3
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I would def wait until all blisters scabbed over and no new ones appearing.
Diagnosed Crohns small bowel 2010,Gastroduodenal crohn's Jan 2012. Gastroparesis june 2014.
Duodenal perforation/peritonitis nov 2011. Portacath placed Nov 2013. Gastric pacemaker 2015.
Perforated jejenum/peritonitis oct 2015, PEJ for enteral feeding nov 2015

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On TPN since March 2016.
03-08-2012, 08:50 PM   #4
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Oh ouch!
*Sick since 1987; managed on my own;
*diagnosed 2008 when I underwent emergency surgery;
*various meds and tests 2008-2012,
*Jan 2012-present, Humira. No symptoms, but scopes indicated disease.
*6MP for all of 2013.
*2014 &2015 complete mucosal healing.

**Staying on Humira for maintenance**

The statistics I see so far for my situation seem pretty good. There ARE long term statistics for the Anti-TNF drug treatments now. I'm here to make them longER.

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