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). Read more
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. Read more
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 affects your immune system so you may be more likely to develop infections. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more