Humira (adalimumab) is a prescription drug prescribed in individuals with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, a disease, when joints become inflamed.

Usually, people with rheumatoid arthritis are given other medications before Humira is given, which is a drug for individuals who have not responded well enough to other medications. Humira is known as a TNF blocker – a type of protein that works by blocking the action of a substance a person’s body makes, called TNF-alpha. TNF-alpha is made by your body’s immune system. The extra TNF-alpha in our body may attack normal healthy body tissues and lead to inflammation, especially in the tissues in our bones, joints, and cartilage.

Humira works by helping lower the symptoms and signs of rheumatoid arthritis, to prevent further damage to joints and body. Do not take Humira if you have had an allergic reaction to it in the past or allergies to ingredients such as sodium citrate, mannitol, sodium phosphate, and citric acid. The needle cover on the pre-filled syringe contains dry natural rubber.

You should notify your doctor, if you have any allergies to latex or rubber and before starting to use Humira, tell your doctor if you have tuberculosis, multiple sclerosis, tingling or numbness, major surgery, or if you need to be vaccinated for anything serious. Side effects such as nervous system disease, serious infections, malignancies, blood problems, lupus-like symptoms, allergic reactions, and heart problems may occur while using Humira.

Other side effects of this medication include: sinus infection, nausea, and headache. Contact your doctor immediately, if you experience any of these side effects. If you are pregnant or expect to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding, you should notify your doctor, who will determine if Humira is safe for you to use. You have to tell your doctor about all other medications you are currently using, as well as nonprescription drugs including mineral supplements, vitamins, and herbal medications. It is important, because Humira and other drugs may interact with each other.

You administer Humira by giving yourself an injection under the skin once every other week. The dosage may be changed more frequently depending on your needs. Make sure you have been shown how to inject Humira before you do it yourself. Use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Store Humira injections in a refrigerator in the original container until it is used.

If you carry Humira with you, keep it in a cool carrier with an ice pack away from light and keep out of reach of children.

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