Compare prednisone vs. Humira

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Deltasone (prednisone)

Prescription only

Humira (adalimumab)

Prescription only
Calms down your immune system.

Deltasone (prednisone) is effective for controlling allergic reactions and conditions involving an overactive immune system. It can quickly make you feel better, but Deltasone (prednisone) can cause serious complications and side effects if taken for a long time.

3.5/ 5 average rating with 540 reviewsforprednisone
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
  • Deltasone (prednisone) effectively treats a variety of conditions involving the immune system.
  • Can help improve energy and stimulate your appetite.
  • Works quickly to provide relief for swelling, rash, asthma attacks, and pain.
  • Good long-term treatment option for autoimmune disorders.
  • Deltasone (prednisone) is available in a generic form.
  • 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
  • Deltasone (prednisone) can cause unwanted side effects such as mood changes, trouble sleeping, and increase in blood pressure as well as blood sugar at higher doses.
  • Long-term use can cause problems to your skin, bones, eyes, and place you at a higher risk for infections.
  • If Deltasone (prednisone) is used for more than 2 weeks, you will need to work with a doctor to taper off the medicine by gradually decreasing the dose.
  • Deltasone (prednisone) can harm an unborn baby, so it's not a good option for pregnant women.
  • 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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  • Delayed release pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
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Reviews
540 reviews so far
59%
saidit'sworth it
45%
saiditworked well
20%
saidit'sa big hassle

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182 reviews so far
60%
saidit'sworth it
51%
saiditworked well
26%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Deltasone (prednisone) 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
  • Physicial Dependence
    • Taking high doses of Deltasone (prednisone) for a long period of time
    • Young children
    • Stress such as trauma, injury, or infection
  • Increased risk for infections
    • Taking other medicines that weaken the immune system
    • Taking Deltasone (prednisone) for a long time
    • Those who are not vaccinated against viral illnesses
    • Coming into contact with people who have viral illness
    • History of bacterial or viral conditions
  • Eye problems
    • Those with cataracts and/or glaucoma
    • History of herpes simplex in the eye
  • Changes in heart and kidney function
    • Those who had a recent heart attack
    • History of heart failure, high blood pressure, and kidney problems
  • Effects on bone
    • Taking Deltasone (prednisone) at high doses and/or for a long period of time
    • Infants and young children
    • Age 60 or older
  • Stomach problems
    • History of stomach bleeding
    • History of stomach ulcers
    • History of Ulcerative Colitis
    • Taking Deltasone (prednisone) with other medicines that can also cause stomach problems
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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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