This medicine is used for the following purposes:
- inflammation of the eyes
- inflammatory bowel disease
- skin disease
Brand Name(s): Humira
Generic Name: Adalimumab
This medicine is used by injecting it into the skin. Please ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist for the correct places on your body where this medicine can be injected.
Read and make sure you understand the instructions for measuring dose and using syringe. If you have any questions, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
The liquid should be clear and colorless.
Check the medicine before each use. If the liquid medicine has any particles in it, appears discolored, or if the vial appears damaged, do not use it.
Do not shake the medicine before using.
Store new medicine in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it. Do not allow them to freeze.
Store this medicine at room temperature - below 77 degrees F (25 degrees C).
Protect medicine from light.
Discard unused medicine after 14 days at room temperature.
Never use any medicine that has expired.
Please ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist how to discard unused medicines safely.
Change the location of the injection each time. Choose a location at least 1 inch from the last injection.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction to latex.
It may take several weeks for this medicine to fully work.
It is important that you keep taking each dose of this medicine on time even if you are feeling well.
If you forget to take a dose on time, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, do not take the missed dose. Return to your normal schedule. Do not take 2 doses at one time.
Drug interactions can change how medicines work or increase risk for side effects. Tell your health care providers about all medicines taken. Include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal medicines. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist before starting or stopping any medicine.
Tell your doctor if symptoms do not get better or if they get worse.
It is very important that you follow your doctor's instructions for all blood tests.
During pregnancy, this medicine should be used only when clearly needed. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits.
Some patients on this medicine have developed severe, life-threatening infections. Please speak with your doctor about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
Do not use the medication any more than instructed.
This medicine may reduce your body's ability to fight infections. Avoid contact with people with colds, flu or other infections. Contact your doctor if you develop fever, cough, sore throat, or chills.
Speak with your health care provider before receiving any vaccinations.
This medicine passes into breast milk. Ask your doctor before breastfeeding.
Ask your pharmacist how to properly throw away used needles or syringes.
Do not share this medicine with anyone who has not been prescribed this medicine.
Some patients have serious side effects from this medicine. Ask your pharmacist to show you the information from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and discuss it with you.
The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.
- pain, redness, swelling near injection
- upper respiratory infection
- vaginal itching or yeast infection
Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:
- bleeding or bruising
- chest pain
- changes in memory, mood, or thinking
- cough that does not go away
- swelling of the legs, feet, and hands
- fever or chills
- numbness or tingling in hands and feet
- severe or persistent headache
- fast or irregular heart beats
- signs of liver damage (such as yellowing of eye or skin, dark urine, or unusual tiredness)
- muscle weakness
- pale or blue skin, lips or fingernails
- rash on nose, cheeks or arms
- butterfly-shaped rash on nose and cheeks
- shortness of breath
- stomach pain
- blood in stool
- light colored stool
- unsteadiness while walking
- difficulty or discomfort urinating
- blurring or changes of vision
A few people may have an allergic reaction to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.
Please speak with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This document tells you briefly how to take your medicine, but it does not tell you all there is to know about it. Your doctor or pharmacist may give you other documents about your medicine. Please talk to them if you have any questions. Always follow their advice.
There is a more complete description of this medicine available in English. Scan this code on your smartphone or tablet or use the web address below. You can also ask your pharmacist for a printout. If you have any questions, please ask your pharmacist.
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