Compare Humira vs. Simponi

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

Humira (adalimumab)

Prescription only

Simponi (golimumab)

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
Calms down the immune system.

Simponi (golimumab) effectively calms down your immune system, but it is given as a shot and puts you at risk of serious infections like tuberculosis or hepatitis B.

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.
  • Simponi (golimumab) is only injected once a month.
  • Simponi (golimumab) comes in a prefilled syringe or autoinjector. You won't need to measure out the medication.
  • While taking Simponi (golimumab), you may continue to use other drugs prescribed by your doctor that help treat your condition, such as NSAIDS (like ibuprofen) and steroids.
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.
  • Like other immunosuppressive drugs, Simponi (golimumab) can awaken (reactivate) infections.
  • Simponi (golimumab) can increase the risk of lymphoma, leukemia, and other cancers.
  • Not the best choice if you have a history of heart failure or nervous system problems like multiple sclerosis.
  • You'll need to have regular blood tests before and during treatment to make sure you don't have any problems taking Simponi (golimumab).
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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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10possible side effects
  • Common cold
    16%
  • Injection site reaction
    6%
  • Viral infections (such as influenza and herpes)
    5%
  • Increased liver function test (ALT)
    4%
  • Increased liver function test (AST)
    3%
  • High blood pressure
    3%
  • Bronchitis
    2%
  • Superficial fungal infections
    2%
  • Sinusitis
    2%
  • Dizziness
    2%
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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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  • High risk of infections with TNF inhibitors

    Taking other immunosuppressant drugs

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Cancer

    Taking other immunosuppressant drugs

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Nervous system effects

    History of neurologic condition

  • History of heart failure

    History of heart failure

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