It is used to relieve the symptoms of some autoimmune diseases; for example: ulcerative colitis , ankylosing spondylitis , rheumatoid arthritis , juvenile idiopathic arthritis , Crohn ‘s disease , psoriatic arthritis and chronic plaque psoriasis .
What is Adalimumab?
It is an inhibitor of the tumor necrosis factor (Tnf), a substance that takes part in inflammatory processes.
How is Adalimumab taken?
It is administered through subcutaneous injections .
Side effects of Adalimumab
It can reduce the body’s ability to fight infections and increase their risk. It can also increase the risk of developing some cancers.
Other possible side effects include:
- redness, itching , bruising, pain or swelling at the injection area;
- feeling sick ;
- headaches ;
- back pain.
It is important to seek immediate medical attention in case of:
- new joint pain;
- fever, sore throat, chills or other signs or symptoms of an ongoing infection;
- pallor ;
- dizziness ;
- pimples containing pus or red crusts on the skin;
- swelling of the face, throat, tongue or lips, feet, ankles or calves;
- skin rash ;
- itching ;
- urticaria ;
- feeling of tightness, heaviness or pain in the chest;
- difficulty breathing or swallowing;
- tingling or numbness;
- weak legs;
- visual problems;
- shortness of breath.
Contraindications and warnings on the use of Adalimumab
Before administration, the doctor should be informed:
- about the presence of allergies to the active substance , to other drugs, to other substances (especially latex) or to food;
- medicines, phytotherapy and supplements already taken in the past;
- if you suffer (or have suffered in the past) from numbness or tingling, nervous system disorders, tumors or heart disease;
- in the case of pregnant or breastfeeding women.
During treatment, the doctor must always be made aware of his intake, in case you have to undergo vaccinations.It is also always important to inform doctors, surgeons and dentists that treatment with this medicine is ongoing.