Humira

Drug List

Humira

Drug Name

Humira (Adalimumab)

Manufactured By

AbbVie Inc.

Drug Savings


Nationwide Prescription Connection (NPC) is an experienced advocacy service that helps connect patients to manufacturer provided free and discount programs. We can help the uninsured, under insured, those in the Medicare gap also known as the "doughnut hole", or even those needing help with expensive co-pays.  Our web site makes it easy for you to enter the medications you are taking, along with some basic patient information, and then finds the program that is right for you.



Nationwide Prescription Connection (NPC) is an experienced advocacy service that helps connect patients to manufacturer provided free and discount programs. We can help the uninsured, under insured, those in the Medicare gap also known as the "doughnut hole", or even those needing help with expensive co-pays.  Our web site makes it easy for you to enter the medications you are taking, along with some basic patient information, and then finds the program that is right for you.


Treats Disease/Condition

Uses

Adalimumab is used to reduce pain and swelling due to certain types of arthritis (such as rheumatoid, psoriatic, juvenile idiopathic, ankylosing spondylitis). This medication is also used to treat certain skin disorders (such as plaque-type psoriasis, hidradenitis suppurativa). It works by blocking a protein (tumor necrosis factor or TNF) found in the body's immune system that causes joint swelling and damage in arthritis as well as red scaly patches in psoriasis. Adalimumab belongs to a class of drugs known as TNF blockers. By reducing joint swelling, this medication helps to reduce further joint damage and preserve joint function. Adalimumab is also used to treat certain bowel conditions (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis) and a certain eye disease (uveitis).

How To Use

Use Humira exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Use Humira regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely. The dose schedule for Humira is highly variable and depends on the condition you are treating. You may need an injection only every other week. Or you may need up to 4 injections in 1 day for 2 days in a row. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully. Do not start using Humira if you have any signs of an infection (fever, chills, night sweats, weight loss, body aches, tiredness, cough with mucus, feeling short of breath, skin sores, stomach pain, diarrhea, pain or burning when you urinate). Call your doctor for instructions. Humira is injected under the skin. You may be shown how to use injections at home. Do not self inject this medicine if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of used needles and syringes. Do not inject Humira into skin that is bruised, red, tender, or hard. Each prefilled syringe is for one use only. Throw away after one use, even if there is still some medicine left in it after injecting your dose. Do not use a prefilled syringe if the medicine if it looks cloudy or has particles in it. Call your pharmacist for new medicine. Use a disposable needle and syringe only once. Follow any state or local laws about throwing away used needles and syringes. Use a puncture-proof "sharps" disposal container (ask your pharmacist where to get one and how to throw it away). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets. Adalimumab can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections and help your blood to clot. This can make it easier for you to bleed from an injury or get sick from being around others who are ill. Your blood may need to be tested often. Serious and sometimes fatal infections may occur during treatment with Humira. Contact your doctor right away if you have signs of infection such as: fever, chills, sore throat, or flu symptoms. If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using Humira. If you have ever had hepatitis B, Humira can cause this condition to come back or get worse. You will need frequent blood tests to check your liver function during treatment and for several months after you stop using this medicine. Store in a refrigerator. If you travel with a prefilled syringe, keep it in a small cooler with an ice pack and protect it from light. Do not remove the prefilled syringe from the refrigerator or cooler until you are ready to give yourself an injection.

Side Effects

Call your doctor at once if you have symptoms such as fever, night sweats, weight loss, feeling full after eating only a small amount, pain in your upper stomach, easy bruising or bleeding, dark urine, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Drug Interactions

Some drugs should not be used together with Humira. Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment, especially: abatacept (Orencia); anakinra (Kineret); azathioprine (Imuran); mercaptopurine (Purinethol); or certolizumab (Cimzia), golimumab (Simponi), infliximab (Remicade), rituximab (Rituxan)

In Case of Overdose

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

In Case of Missed Dose

Use the medicine as soon as you remember, and then go back to your regular injection schedule. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

Storage

Store in a refrigerator. If you travel with a prefilled syringe, keep it in a small cooler with an ice pack and protect it from light. Do not remove the prefilled syringe from the refrigerator or cooler until you are ready to give yourself an injection