If you have some kind of autoimmune condition, your doctor might want to prescribe you Humira. When this happens, you may be unsure about the medication and potential side effects.
After all, you might not know much about Humira and how the drug actually works. Luckily, the world of Humira is not that complicated.
In fact, if you keep reading, you’ll learn how Humira works, what it can help with and some of the potential side effects and risks it has.
What is Humira?
Humira belongs to a class of drugs known as “biologics.”
It is designed to reduce inflammation in the body. More specifically, it is designed to help with inflammatory issues that are caused by autoimmune conditions.
It is used to treat a variety of conditions such as:
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Psoriatic Arthritis
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
This list is not exhaustive and there are a many other autoimmune issues Humira can help with.
Before you take Humira you need to be screened for Tuberculosis (TB). That is because if you have latent TB in your system, Humira can reactivate it. TB is normally screened for with the help of a chest X-Ray and a special blood test known as the Quantiferon gold test.
If your doctor finds that you have latent TB in your system, you will need to undergo treatment for the TB, before you can start Humira. Once you’ve finished the course of medication, you can begin Humira treatment.
How is Humira Administered?
Humira is administered using something known as an “auto-inject” Humira pen. The injection is delivered to either the abdomen or the thigh. In most cases, the medication is administered every two weeks.
The first time you administer Humira, you will likely be shown by a specialist nurse who to do everything properly.
What are the Side Effects and Risks?
Like many other drugs, you may experience some side effects when you are taking Humira. You will also be more at risk for certain conditions.
One of the things you’ll be more at risk of is Lymphoma, a kind of cancer.
Due to the nature of Humira, you will also experience a greater risk of infections. If you are affected by an aggressive infection, you will need to stop treatment. There are also some risks associated with the nervous system.
Most people are okay with this medication. Some will experience minor side effects such as nausea and headaches. They might also experience diarrhea, aches and skin sores.
If you take this medication it is important you keep a close eye on your body. If you notice anything unusual, make sure you seek out medical attention to prevent any major issues from developing.
Thinking About Starting Treatment?
In this post, we’ve taken a brief look at Humira and the ways it can help you deal with certain health issues. We’ve also taken a look at some of the risks and side effects associated with the drug.
If you are thinking about starting treatment, it is important you communicate all of your concerns with your doctor. Each case is different and your doctor will be able to help you figure out what is best for your body.
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