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

The usual dose of adalimumab is 40 mg once every two weeks, given by injection under the skin (subcutaneous injection). You, your partner, or another family member can learn to give the injections at home.

If adalimumab works for you, your symptoms should start to improve in 2–12 weeks. Because it's a long-term treatment, it's important to keep taking adalimumab (unless you have severe side-effects):

  • even if it doesn't seem to be working at first
  • even when your symptoms improve (to help keep the disease under control).

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