Compare Plaquenil vs. Humira

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Humira (adalimumab)

Prescription only
Treats malaria and autoimmune conditions including rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) is an effective medication for autoimmune conditions and malaria that comes with less side effects than other DMARDs.

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
Upsides
  • Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) has been shown to improve physical function in up to 80% of patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) is commonly used for lupus in children because of less side effects compared to other medications.
  • Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) helps minimize joint damage. It can also decrease symptoms and future complications.
  • Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) is a good choice for people who have difficulty tolerating newer biologic medications.
  • A generic form of Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) is available.
  • 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.
Downsides
  • You will likely have to take additional medications to keep your rheumatoid arthritis in control.
  • Some people may develop eye problems, so you’ll have to get your eyes checked often.
  • Depending on what you're being treated for, it can take up to 6 months for the full benefits of Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine).
  • Many people have nausea, stomach cramps, and diarrhea when they first start taking Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine).
  • If you have heart, eye, liver conditions, or psoriasis, talk to your doctor to see if Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) is right for you.
  • 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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  • Injection
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saidit'sworth it
51%
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26%
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Side effects
The Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
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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Risks and risk factors
  • Prescribing by Doctors
  • Drug resistance
  • Worsening of psoriasis
  • Pregnancy
    • Women of childbearing age
  • Damage to retina of eye
    • Higher doses
    • Kidney disease
    • Use for longer than 5 years
    • Current problems with vision
    • Use of certain drugs such as tamoxifen
  • Heart problems
    • Taking other medicines that cause disruptions in heart rhythm
    • Existing heart conditions
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  • 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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