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What is adalimumab and why is it prescribed?

Adalimumab (trade name: Humira) is an anti-TNF drug.

It's used to treat inflammatory types of arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA).



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How do I take adalimumab and how long does it take to work?

The usual dose of adalimumab is an injection of 40 mg once every 2 weeks.

If you respond to adalimumab you’ll probably feel better in 2–12 weeks.



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What are the possible risks and side-effects of adalimumab?

The most common side-effects of adalimumab are reactions at the injection site, such as redness, swelling or pain. It can also make you more likely to develop infections.

You should stop adalimumab and see your doctor immediately if:

  • you have any signs of infection
  • you haven’t had chickenpox and you come into contact with someone who has chickenpox or shingles
  • you develop chickenpox or shingles.
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Can adalimumab affect other medicines and treatments?

You can take other drugs alongside adalimumab, but check with your doctor before starting any new medications.

Live vaccines aren't usually recommended, and you may need to stop adalimumab if you're having an operation.



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Can I drink alcohol while I'm on adalimumab?

There's no known interaction between adalimumab and alcohol but, if you're also on methotrexate, you should drink only in moderation.





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Can adalimumab affect fertility, pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Current guidelines state that adalimumab can be used if you're pregnant, though it will usually be stopped after six months.

Adalimumab may pass into breast milk but there's no evidence this is harmful. 



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