Question: Stay on Humira?

If you are on Humira and haven't had a flare up, can u stop it and go on something else with less side effects?

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kayla

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Answer

The short answer is: if a biologic (e.g. Humira, Remicade, etc.) is treating someone's Crohn's or ulcerative colitis, then they should continue to take it until it stops working or if side effects become a significant issue. Their physician of course needs to make that decision with them.

It's important to know that even though people feel great and aren't flaring on their medications (e.g. 5-ASA, Imuran, Humira, etc.), they need to continue taking them to ensure any underlying inflammation is treated. The exception of course is prednisone, which is only used for short periods of time because of the negative side effects associated with long term use of it. A person may feel fine even if their is active inflammation in their intestines. If a person is put on an immunosuppressant (e.g. Imuran) or a biologic because that is what is needed to treat their underlying inflammation, then they should stay on that medication.

Here is a relevant video for you:

https://www.trustedtherapies.com/videos/87-when-can-i-stop-taking-my-medications?autoplay=1

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Dr. Brian Bressler

Gastroenterologist

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