If you are living with ulcerative colitis, there is a very good chance you might try several medications along the way. Humira is definitely on the stronger side of the medication pyramid that ulcerative colitis patients work with. Humira is a drug that is used to alter your immune system. The actual humira medication itself comes from rats actually.
The idea behind the humira medication is that it will slow down parts of the immune system that are attacking the inner lining of the colon. And after this attacking is slowed down or stopped, it will allow your body to heal itself and get back into a normal way. This is the overall idea behind Humira. Currently Humira has not been approved by the FDA for Ulcerative colitis, but it is currently approved for treating Crohn’s Disease.
Humira comes as a small shot, or actually its called a subcutaneous PEN. There is a very tiny glass needle that shoots just under your skin and that is where the very small amount of Humira goes. It is something that once you are shown how to use, you will actually be giving the humira shots to yourself at home.
There are a few potential side effects from Humira, so you want to speak with your doctor about what you might expect if you have a bad reaction. For me, I had a few strange reactions with Humira. I started to have some joint pains, and also some psoriasis on my hands,feet,legs,and chest areas. As well, after taking Humira, I started to have a really itchy scalp, which I have heard quite a few other Humira people have had too.
But, at the end of the day, there are quite a few people who are having great success with Humira for both Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. I was prescribed Humira after I tried Remicade which is the same general category as the Humira medication. Since the remicade did not work as we hoped, that is when I was given the humira medication.