Humira (adalimumab) is used to treat a variety medical conditions that cause inflammation. In most case, Humira is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, Crohn"s disease, and more. Humira is a tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor. A TNF inhibitor or blocker helps to reduce swelling in the joints and skin.
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Humira is an injectable medicine that helps to reduce the symptoms of certain inflammatory conditions. The drug became FDA approved in 2002. There are no generic brands available yet.
The TNF blocker helps to reduce and prevent inflammation in the body. When individuals have higher levels of TNF in the body, inflammatory conditions arise. The substance is produced by the immune system and when the body cannot block the higher levels of TNF, inflammation, pain, and other symptoms occur.
Below you will find the different uses for Humira (adalimumab).
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
- Psoriatic Arthritis
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Plaque Psoriasis
- Crohn"s Disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
Humira dosage is dependent on the medical condition that is being used to treat. It is an injectable medicine and is only intended for use in adults, unless being used to treat juvenile idiopathic arthritis. The following dosage is an average dose and could differ among individuals. Follow your medical professional"s directions for best results.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis: 40mg every other week
- Psoriatic Arthritis: 40mg every other week
- Ankylosing Spondylitis: 40mg every other week
- Crohn"s Disease: 160mg to start, followed by 80mg
- Ulcerative Colitis: 160mg to start, followed by 80mg
- Plaque Psoriasis: 80mg to start, followed by 40mg
- Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: 20mg every other week
Humira Side Effects
While taking Humira, individuals may experience different side effects. Note, not all side effects are listed here. If you experience any severe side effects, consult with your doctor immediately or seek medical attention.
Common Humira Side Effects:
- Bladder Pain
- Discoloration of the skin
- Pounding in ears
Less Common Humira Side Effects:
- Difficulty moving
- Dry mouth
- Loss of strength
- Muscle pain, stiffness
Consult with your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects:
- Ear congestion
- Stomach pain, gas
- Loss of voice
- Sunken eyes
- Trouble sleeping
- Shallow breathing
If combined with other medications, individuals may experience serious side effects. Consult with your doctor before taking Humira with other medications.
Humira injections should also not be taken with a plethora of vaccines. If you plan on getting vaccinated, please consult with your doctor before you do so.
Below is a list of drugs that have been known to interact with Humira (adalimumab). Note, this list does not include all possible drug interactions.