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Humira (adalimumab)

Prescription only
Calms down the immune system.

Humira (adalimumab) is good for treating many autoimmune conditions, but it can also cause serious side effects.

4.9/ 7 average rating with 182 reviewsforHumira
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Upsides
  • Humira (adalimumab) is effective in reducing symptoms in all of its approved indications.
  • You can give yourself Humira (adalimumab) on your own at home rather than visiting a clinic or hospital.
  • Humira (adalimumab) treats many different autoimmune conditions.
  • Available in a single-use pen (Humira Pen) that may be more convenient and easier for some people to use.
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Downsides
  • Not first-choice treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Humira (adalimumab) is an injection and not an oral medication.
  • Humira (adalimumab) is expensive because there's no generic available yet.
  • Humira (adalimumab) lowers your ability to fight infection and in some cases can cause serious life-threatening illness. The risk is greater if you take other drugs that lower your immune system, have an active infection, diabetes, or had tuberculosis (TB) in the past.
  • You'll need to properly dispose of the needle, syringes, or Pen in a sharps container.
  • Humira (adalimumab) needs to be refrigerated until you use it, so if you're traveling, you'll need to carry it in a cooler with an ice pack.
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Dosage forms
  • Injection
  • Pill
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Reviews
182 
60%
think this treatment is worth it
51%
think this treatment works well
26%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Upper airway infection
    17%
  • Headache
    12%
  • Rash
    12%
  • Sinus infection
    11%
  • Nausea
    9%
  • Injection site reactions
    8%
  • Urinary tract infection
    8%
  • Flu syndrome
    7%
  • Stomach pain
    7%
  • High cholesterol
    7%
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Risks and warnings
  • Serious infections

    Taking other immunosuppressant medications such as Kineret or Orencia

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Cancers

    Taking other immunosuppressant medications, such as azathiprine or 6-mercaptopurine, at the same time as Humira (adalimumab)

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Heart problems

    History of heart failure

  • Nervous system effects

    Preexisting or recently acquired neurologic condition

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