Humira is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. Humira may be prescribed alone or in addition to conventional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) such as Methotrexate. Humira is also known by its drug name, Adalimumab.
Humira is an immunomodulator, or in other words, a drug that modulates the immune system. It is considered a biologic DMARD. Humira is a genetically engineered antibody, or protein used by the immune system to identify and neutralize substances. Humira is believed to work by inhibiting tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), a chemical messenger involved in autoimmune attacks.
How do I take it?
Humira is administered every other week by subcutaneous injection.
Humira is available as a pen or prefilled syringe.
The FDA-approved label for Humira lists common side effects including respiratory infections, headache, redness or irritation at injection sites, and rash.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Humira can include severe infections and increased risk for developing certain types of cancer such as lymphoma.
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