Trough test

I am on Humira and have been for about 6 months. At my last visit with my doctor, he asked how I was doing and I replied I felt the drug was working, but not for the full two weeks. He suggested a TROUGH TEST, which is a blood draw taken at the very end of the two-week period, which is designed to test how much of the drug is still in your system. Lo and behold, my measurement was way below the bottom threshold of normal. So my doctor increased me from one shot every two weeks to a once-a-week regimen. Amazingly, it worked and I feel so much better than I have for a long while.

If you are in a similar situation and feel like your drug is running out before the end of the two weeks, I suggest mentioning this to your doctor and asking about a trough test. (I am sure there is a complicated medical term for this but this is what my doctor called it.) Good luck!

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