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  • By Laurie Weldy

    After trying Avara for 4 months and Methotrexate for 4 months, my doctor now wants to add Humira to the mix. Anyone have luck with this combination? No pain relief in 8 months!

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  • By Andrew Lumpe, PhD Moderator

    Hi Laurie, Sorry you haven’t had much pain relief. It’s a good thing that your doctor is wanting to change your treatment combination. If the disease-modifying drugs (DMARDs) like Arava and Methotrexate aren’t enough to keep your RA in check, then the treatment protocol calls for adding a biological like Humira. Research shows, and many patients find, that a combination of a DMARD and a biological works well. And it’s not uncommon for patients to need to try multiple combinations to find the one that works best for them. We’re all different and respond differently to medications. I’m currently on methotrexate and a biological and it’s working for me. But that is after trying many combinations. I hope it works for you! Andrew

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    • By Laurie Weldy

      Andrew – thank you for your reply – at least I know there’s hope. I checked the price of Humira on line and when I saw $2700 per dose, I figured maybe there’s something else out there. I’m checking with my insurance company to see what, if any, they will pay. Again, thanks!

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  • By Andrew Lumpe, PhD Moderator

    Insurance companies usually cover the cost of Humira and other biologicals as long as the diagnostic and treatment protocol are followed. And there are generous co-pay assistance plans offered by the pharma companies.

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  • By Mariah Z. Leach Moderator

    Hi Laurie –

    Andrew is right – if your insurance company will not cover enough of the cost of Humria you should look to see if they offer a co-pay assistance program. I have personally utilized the co-pay assistance programs to try Remicade and then Enbrel, and Enbrel ended up making a huge difference to my quality of life. So please don’t rule out a particular medication because of its price tag as there may be a way to get it paid for! And it may end up helping you a lot! Best of luck!

    ~Mariah~

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  • By Babbie

    My Drs office gave me & helped me to get the Humira co-pay. After my insurance pays they then apply the Humira co-pay. My cost is $5.00 yes five dollars! Thankful for this ask your Dr or pharmacist about it.

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  • By Janice Wilmoth

    That is amazing. I tried to get even a little help with the copays and could find no assistance if your income is over 20’000. My humira was just increased to weekly fro bi weekly and even being in the catastrophic category, i still have to pay 790.00 for a 6 weeks supply and that really hurts.

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  • By Mariah Z. Leach Moderator

    Hi Janice~

    Forgive me if you have already looked into this, but have you checked into the Humira Co-Pay Savings Card?

    https://www.humira.com/global/savings-and-co-pay

    It may be that you have already checked it out but, just in case, I thought I would pass it along! I have had good luck with the similar program offered for Enbrel. Wish I could be more helpful but unfortunately I don’t have any personal experience with Humira.

    Best of luck!

    ~Mariah~

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