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Going off a biologic

My rheumatologist has suggested that we do a trial off Humira which I have been taking for the past year and a half. He thinks that I may be in remission but I still get breakthrough pain to the point where the duration between shots had to be shortened. Has anyone else had this experience?

  1. That's a tough call . It would be wonderful if you could go without Humira for a while, but it is also possible that Humira is the reason you are having no pain most of the time. I hope you get some responses from others who have been through something similar. Has your doctor had other patients who have successfully stopped their PsA medications? Warmest of wishes! - Lori (Team Member)

    1. Thank you for your response, my rheumatologist says that because I don't have some of the genetic factors that present in people with lifetime PsA, I have a 70% chance of growing out of it. He hasn't told me of other patients like me... I guess we'll see?

  2. Been there, done that, with Methotrexate in my case. I can honestly say that, despite the occasional flare, and still needing continued NSAID treatment to one degree or another, I had no regrets. If you go this route, just be sure to check in with your rheumy a couple times a year to keep them posted on your condition.

    1. Great advice, ! I am so glad it was successful for you. Thanks for sharing! - Lori (Team Member)

    2. Thank you for the advice, I can't use NSAIDS anymore because I am at risk for ulcers (I have been having GI issues for the past few months), hopefully it goes well

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