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Medication of the Week: Humira

I was asked last week if there is another alternative to Remicade because it is so expensive and the answer is yes, there are a couple other options. The medication I took before Remicade was a drug called Humira. Humira works similarly to Remicade but it is cheaper and can be done in the home through self-injections. Humira worked well for me, but I am very disturbed by needles, so giving myself the injections every 2 weeks quickly became quite the phobic ordeal. For me, I decided that one infusion/IV of Remicade every 6 weeks for 3 hours was preferable to the panic of 2 shots every 2 weeks of Humira. However, the side effects of both Humira and Remicade are different for everyone. A family member of mine currently takes Humira for Rheumatoid Arthritis(Which I will cover in my post next week), and while it helps with their RA, it really makes them tired to a great extent. I feel like it is a matter of preference, choosing between the two and not everyone is afraid by needles like I am. So now I have a question for you…

If you had to take one of these drugs, which would you take? Remicade: distributed intravenously once every 6-8 weeks for 3 hours or Humira: self-injected every 2 weeks?

October 7, 2010 - Posted by | Autoimmune Disease, Crohn's Disease, Medicines


  1. Humira! Definitely be more willing to take self-administered shot! I think my biggest concern is the time it takes. If I can get it done in less than 5 minutes then it is what I need!

    Comment by cnewman0524 | October 14, 2010 | Reply

  2. I think the IV one would be the best because one doesnt have to do it every week and probably it would also help with minimizing of the side effects.

    Comment by joysita16 | October 27, 2010 | Reply

  3. I think I would definitely do Humira because of the cost. you probably have to go to the doctor a lot and gt tests done and make sure you stay healthy, so any extra savings is a blessing.

    Comment by rachelloud | November 6, 2010 | Reply

  4. I would use the Humira. It is more important that I be able to administer the medication with as few obstacles as possible, and having to block out 3 hours out of my days once every six weeks is quite an obstacle. Plus Humira is more affordable!

    Comment by healthylifestyletoday | November 9, 2010 | Reply

  5. I am glad that Humira works similar to Remicade. People who do not have enough money can buy Humira at a cheaper price and use as a self-injection. If I had to buy either one, I would definitely choose Humira.

    Comment by juminchae1 | November 13, 2010 | Reply

    • Like I mentioned earlier, I tried Humira at first and it was cheaper if more inconvenient in the weekly injections and I had to store the needles in my fridge to keep them effective. After I used the needles I also had to have a bio hazard container to put them in.

      Comment by eric | November 27, 2010 | Reply

  6. I would totally do Humira. I think the IV for three hours is much more intimidating than the self injection. Maybe you already have talked about this in your blog and I missed it, but do autoimmune disorders run in families?

    Comment by kimmiecowgill | November 15, 2010 | Reply

  7. I would probably take Humira as well because it is cheaper and those things add up. With medications it’s kind of a catch 22 because there are usually side effects. Like you said, each medication effects people differently so you have to choose between different side effects. So until I have to be in that situation, I’m not too sure what I’d take.

    Comment by aayers08 | December 4, 2010 | Reply

  8. Cost is so important to many people when choosing a medication. I am glad you put another option for those who are concerned with money.

    Comment by cmilner2 | December 6, 2010 | Reply

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