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What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Adalimumab Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(a da LIM yoo mab)

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Pharmacologic Category

Antirheumatic, Disease Modifying; Gastrointestinal Agent, Miscellaneous; Monoclonal Antibody; Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) Blocking Agent

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• Tuberculosis has been seen in patients started on adalimumab. These patients were exposed to tuberculosis in the past, but never had the infection. You should be tested to see if you have been exposed to tuberculosis.

• This medicine may increase your risk of developing lymphoma.

• Serious infections have occurred in patients who take these types of medicines. Talk with healthcare provider.

• This medicine does not mix well with many medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

• Please read the medication guide.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to adalimumab or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you are breast-feeding.

• If you have a latex allergy, talk with healthcare provider.

How does it work?

• Adalimumab is an arthritis-changing medicine. It reduces inflammation and helps reduce symptoms and protect joints from further harm.

• It reduces inflammation.

• It decreases the body's harmful response to diseases affecting the immune system.

• It reduces gastrointestinal inflammation and helps reduce symptoms.

How is it best taken?

• This medicine is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.

• Your healthcare provider may teach you how to give the shot.

• Wash hands before and after use.

• Throw syringe away after single use. Do not reuse.

• Throw away needles in needle/sharp disposal box and return box to healthcare provider when full.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• You will need a tuberculosis test before starting this medicine.

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store in a refrigerator. Do not freeze.

• Protect from light.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2005-04-07 16:15:35.0

Modified: 2010-03-09 08:25:31.0

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