Compare Humira vs. Tazorac

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Humira (adalimumab)

Prescription only

Tazorac (tazarotene)

Prescription only
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 acne, psoriasis, wrinkles, and skin pigmentation.

Tazorac (tazarotene) can be used for a variety of skin conditions such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and pigmentation but can cause your skin to be irritated. Your doctor and pharmacist can provide tips to help relieve and prevent 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.
  • Studies show Tazorac (tazarotene) is effective for acne, psoriasis, wrinkles, and pigmentation.
  • Is one of the first-line prescription medicines for acne.
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.
  • Not available over-the-counter. You'll need a prescription to get Tazorac (tazarotene).
  • May be a lot more expensive than alternative medicines.
  • May cause skin irritation.
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Dosage forms
  • Injection
  • Cream
  • Gel
  • Foam
Price
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$4846.48
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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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9possible side effects
  • Skin peeling
    40%
  • Skin redness
    34%
  • Burning sensation
    26%
  • Dry skin
    16%
  • Irritated skin
    10%
  • Itching
    10%
  • Irritated skin from contact with an irritant or allergen
    8%
  • Stinging
    3%
  • Rash
    3%
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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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  • Sunburn
    • Sun exposure
    • Other drugs that can cause sun sensitivity
  • Skin irritation
  • Pregnancy
  • Lentigo Maligna (a form of skin cancer)
  • Flammable
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