Compare Humira vs. Taclonex

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Calms down the immune system.

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

3.6/ 5 average rating with 182 reviewsforHumira
Treats plaque psoriasis.

Taclonex (calcipotriene / betamethasone) is effective at treating mild to moderate psoriasis but can cause skin irritation.

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.
  • Only apply Taclonex (calcipotriene / betamethasone) once a day.
  • Contains both betamethasone and calcipotriene together so you don't have to use two separate products.
  • Betamethasone and calcipotriene together is more effect than one product alone.
  • Is the primary treatment for mild to moderate psoriasis.
  • Ointment form is available as a generic.
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.
  • You will need stronger medication if you have severe psoriasis.
  • May be more expensive than other topical medicines.
  • Can cause you to be senstive to natural and artificial sunlight.
  • Suspension and foam forms of Taclonex (calcipotriene / betamethasone) are not available as a generic.
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Dosage forms
  • Injection
  • Ointment
  • Suspension
  • Foam
Price
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Reviews
182 reviews so far
60%
saidit'sworth it
51%
saiditworked well
26%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
14possible 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%
  • Back pain
    6%
  • Blood in urine
    5%
  • Abnormal liver tests
    5%
  • High blood pressure
    5%
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5possible side effects
  • Itching
    7%
  • Headache
    3%
  • Psoriasis
    3%
  • Common cold
    2%
  • Skin thinning
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Serious infections
    • Taking other immunosuppressant medications such as Kineret or Orencia
    • Age 65 or older
    • Active, chronic, or recurrent infection
    • Comorbidities
  • Cancers
    • Taking other immunosuppressant medications, such as azathiprine or 6-mercaptopurine, at the same time as Humira (adalimumab)
    • History of malignancy
    • Adolescent age
    • COPD with significant smoking history
  • Serious allergic reactions
  • Heart problems
    • History of heart failure
  • Nervous system effects
    • Preexisting or recently acquired neurologic condition
  • Lower blood cell counts
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  • Raised calcium levels
    • Problems with calcium metabolism
  • Adrenal gland problems
    • High potency corticosteroids
    • Large treatment surface areas
    • Long-term use
    • Using more than one corticosteroid product
    • Liver failure
    • Young age
    • Altered skin barrier
    • Using occlusive dressings
  • Allergic skin reaction
  • Skin irritation
  • Sunburn
    • Sun exposure
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