Compare Humira vs. Cimzia

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Humira
(adalimumab)

Cimzia
(certolizumab)

Calms down the immune system. Humira (adalimumab) is good for treating many autoimmune conditions, but it can also cause serious side effects.Calms the immune system and prevents joint damage. Cimzia (certolizumab) effectively calms down your immune system, but you have to be comfortable receiving injections.
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Reviews for Humira
60%
of people (All ages) say Humira is worth it
51%
say it works well
26%
say it's a big hassle
182 reviews
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Side effects
HumiraCimzia
  • Upper airway infection 4%
  • Rash 6%
  • Headache 4%
  • Sinus infection 2%
  • Nausea 1%
  • Injection site reactions 7%
  • Urinary tract infection 3%
  • Flu syndrome 1%
  • Stomach pain 3%
  • High cholesterol 2%
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  • Infections 8%
  • Upper airway infections 7%
  • Urinary tract infections 1%
  • Joint pain 2%
  • Headache 1%
  • High blood pressure 3%
  • Common cold 4%
  • Back pain 3%
  • Fever 1%
  • Sore throat 2%
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How it works
HumiraCimzia
Humira (adalimumab) is a TNF blocker which stops inflammation.Cimzia (certolizumab) blocks a protein called TNF (tumor necrosis factor) that causes inflammation.
Type of medication
HumiraCimzia
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
HumiraCimzia
  • Injection
  • Injection
Used for
HumiraCimzia
Risk factors for serious side effects
HumiraCimzia
  • Taking other immunosuppressant medications such as Kineret or Orencia
  • Age 65 or older
  • Active, chronic, or recurrent infection
  • Comorbidities
  • Taking other immunosuppressant medications, such as azathiprine or 6-mercaptopurine, at the same time as Humira (adalimumab)
Detailed Humira (adalimumab) risks & warnings »
  • Taking other immunosuppressant medications such as methotrexate or steroids
  • Age 65 or older
  • Active, chronic, or recurrent infection
  • Comorbidities
  • Taking other immunosuppressant medications, such as azathiprine or 6-mercaptopurine, at the same time as Cimzia (certolizumab)
Detailed Cimzia (certolizumab) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

Upsides and benefits
HumiraCimzia
  • 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.
  • People taking Cimzia (certolizumab) for Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune conditions had greater clinical response compared to people who did not take Cimzia (certolizumab).
  • Compared to some other drugs used to treat autoimmune conditions, Cimzia (certolizumab) has not been associated with as many harmful effects during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • You can give yourself Cimzia (certolizumab) on your own at home rather than visiting a clinic or hospital.
  • After the initial dosing, you need to take Cimzia (certolizumab) every 4 weeks.
  • Cimzia (certolizumab) has been on the market for almost 10 years.
Downsides and risks
HumiraCimzia
  • 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.
  • Cimzia (certolizumab) 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, or had tuberculosis (TB) in the past.
  • Can in some cases cause bladder infections, rash and respiratory infections (cold or flu)
  • In rare cases, Cimzia (certolizumab) has been associated with cancers in children and adolescents.
  • Can increase your risk of side effects if you have a history of heart failure, nervous system conditions, or hepatitis B.
  • There's no generic available and it can be expensive.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
HumiraCimzia
  • Humira (adalimumab) is a medication that's injected under the skin. Your doctor can give you your first dose, then you can inject yourself at home once you feel comfortable doing so on your own.
  • Humira (adalimumab) lowers your ability to fight infections, so it's important to let your doctor know if you have a fever, cough, or flu-like symptoms.
  • Tell your doctor if you have an allergy to latex since the syringe needle cover has latex in it.
  • Each time you use Humira (adalimumab), it's important to rotate the sites you chose to inject it in. Don't inject Humira (adalimumab) into skin that's red, bruised, or irritated.
  • As with all injection medicines, store securely away from children and throw away used syringes in an FDA-approved sharps disposal container, and not in the trash.
  • Cimzia (certolizumab) is a medication that's injected under the skin. Your doctor can give you your first dose, then you can inject yourself at home once you feel comfortable doing so.
  • Each time you use Cimzia (certolizumab), it's important to rotate the sites you chose to inject it in. Don't inject Cimzia (certolizumab) into skin that's red, bruised, or irritated.
  • Keep Cimzia (certolizumab) refrigerated, but let it rest at room temperature for 30 to 60 minutes before using it.
  • Cimzia (certolizumab) lowers your ability to fight infections, so it's important to let your doctor know if you have a fever, cough, or flu-like symptoms.
  • If you have any signs or new or worsening symptoms such as heart, neurological, or autoimmune conditions, talk to your doctor. Tell your doctor about symptoms such as bruising or bleeding.
  • As with all injection medicines, store securely away from children and throw away used syringes in an FDA-approved sharps disposal container and not in the trash.
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