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Adalimumab (ADD-ah-lim-u-mab) is used to decreased signs, symptoms, and progression of moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis. It is intended for use in patients who have not responded well to other Disease Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (DMARDS). Adalimumab can be used in combination with methotrexate or other DMARD's.
This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the following dosage forms:
Before Using This Medicine
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking adalimumab must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For adalimumab, the following should be considered:
Allergies- Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to adalimumab, rubber or latex. Also tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to any other substances such as foods, preservatives, or dyes.
Pregnancy- Adalimumab has not been studied in pregnant women. However, make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or if you may become pregnant.
Breast-feeding- It is not known whether adalimumab passes into the breast milk. It may be necessary for you to take another medicine or to stop breast-feeding during treatment. Be sure you have discussed the risks and benefits of the medicine with your doctor.
Children- Studies on adalimumab have been done only in adult patients, and there is no specific information comparing the use adalimumab in children with use in other age groups.
Older adults- Elderly people are especially sensitive to the effects of certain drugs. Specific side effects may be especially likely to occur in elderly patients, who are usually more sensitive than younger adults to the effects of adalimumab. Adalimumab causes more serious infections and malignancies in the elderly.
Other medicines- Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your health care professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.
Other medical problems- The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of adalimumab. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Proper Use of This Medicine
Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so. Some medicines given by injection may sometimes be given at home to patients who do not need to be in the hospital. If you are using this medicine at home, make sure you clearly understand and carefully follow your doctor's instructions. Do not change your dose unless your doctor has told you to.
The time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are taking adalimumab. Take this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less of it, and do not take it for a longer time than directed. To do so may increase the chance of unwanted effects.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. Then, take your next dose when your next scheduled dose is due. This will put you back on schedule.
To store this medicine:
Precautions While Using This Medicine
If you will be taking this medicine for a long time, it is very important that your doctor check you at regular visits. This will allow your doctor to see if the medicine is working properly. Your doctor can then decide if you should continue to take it.
Call your doctor immediately if you have signs of tuberculosis or any other infection.
Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. Your doctor will discuss with you any changes in your medicine. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.
Make sure you know how you react to this medicine before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy or are not alert .
Side Effects of This Medicine
Side Effects of This Medicine
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Also, because of the way these medicines act on the body, there is a chance that they might cause other unwanted effects that may not occur until months or years after the medicine is used. These may include certain types of cancer, such as bladder or skin cancer. Discuss these possible effects with your doctor.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Other side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT