Humira - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Humira: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is Humira?

Humira is a Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) that reduces the inflammation-causing substance effect in your body. It is commonly used to treat many inflammatory diseases and conditions in adults, including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and plaque psoriasis.

It is a disease-modifying drug and monoclonal antibody that inactivates necrosis tumors. It is also known as Adalimumab. Humira is made by joining DNA molecules together. This drug suppresses the immune system by blocking the activity of TNF.

What are the uses of Humira?

Humira is utilized to deal with numerous inflammatory illnesses in grown-ups like rheumatoid joint pain, psoriatic joint pain, ankylosing spondylitis, plaque psoriasis, and a skin condition known as hidradenitis suppurativa. Additionally, it treats Crohn’s infection, adolescent idiopathic joint inflammation, ulcerative colitis, and uveitis in adults and children.

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What are the side effects of Humira?

Make sure you visit your doctor immediately if you see the below side effects:

  • Fever.
  • Swollen glands.
  • Night sweats.
  • A general feeling of illness.
  • Joint and muscle pain.
  • Skin rash.
  • Easy bruising or bleeding.
  • Pale skin.
  • Feeling light-headed.
  • Short of breath.
  • Cold hands and feet.
  • Upper stomach pains.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Feeling full after an inadequate small amount.
  • Weight loss.


Frequently Asked Questions about Humira

1. Can Humira work immediately?

No. It doesn't work immediately. As per a few of the patients or people who take medicine spoke, it is said that you can see results in less than two weeks sometimes. Few times it can take three months or longer to react. Mostly you will notice less pain and swelling when it starts working.

2. Is Humira safer than Methotrexate?

Yes, Humira is safer than Methotrexate. Humira and methotrexate were five times more potent at easing back the movement of joint harm than methotrexate alone following two years.

3. Is there a generic version of Humira?

There is no generic version or drug biosimilar in the market in the United States. People in the United States can be at a lower cost. Since 2002, AbbVie constructed the patents for Humira to make sure it is protected from biosimilar competition. In India, it has to be purchased at the imported prices.

4. Can Humira cause depression?

No. Depression is not on the list of side effects of using Humira, nor is it mentioned in any clinical trials. Depression can be related to chronic conditions, and Humira is used to treat chronic conditions. Humira can leave you with dehydration and other side effects.

5. Does Humira make you tired?

Yes. Humira can cause tiredness in the patients. It is listed on the side effects of using Humira medication. There are also other side effects along with tiredness, including swollen glands. You will start feeling tired at a minimum after 8hrs from taking the injection, and it can last up to 5 days.

6. Can Humira cause diabetes?

No, Humira doesn’t cause diabetes. Diabetes or any symptoms of high blood glucose are not listed as side effects of Humira. However, it is better to consult your doctor and then start using this medication if you have any symptoms of diabetes and high blood glucose.

7. Does Humira cause weight gain?

Usually, weight gain is not listed in the side effects of using Humira by any clinical studies. But weight gain is a symptom of other medications called tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blockers. As per the details mentioned, Humira is also a type of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blocker.

8. How often is Humira given?

The main or the starting dosage of Humira for older patients is 80 mg, i.e., two pens. Later, it reduces to 40 mg every other week, i.e., one pen. But always make sure to follow your doctor's instructions on how and when to take Humira.

9. Can Humira cause cancer?

If children or adults are taking TNF blockers like Humira, they have the chance of getting attacked by lymphoma or other kinds of cancers. Many cases recorded various unusual cancer symptoms in children, teens, and young people who use TNF blockers.

10. Does Humira lower your immune system?

Yes. Humira is a TNF blocker; it reduces the ability of your immune system to fight against infections. So you should not take this medication until advised by your doctor. There will be some severe consequences if taken unadvisedly.

Contact our medical experts at Yashoda Hospitals to have all queries and concerns clarified about Humira, its uses, benefits, doses, side effects, and precautions. Or for any other medical-related matter that remains unanswered.

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