What is Adalimumab?

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Adalimumab is an injectable product that can be used to treat a variety of autoimmune conditions including: rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and plaque psoriasis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 249 138
Crohn's Disease 167 69
Psoriasis 102 44
Ankylosing Spondylitis 63 27
Psoriatic Arthritis 58 38
Ulcerative colitis 15 10

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  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 43
Moderate 62
Mild 74
None 122

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Adalimumab

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 11
Headaches 10
Immune system weak 9
Injection site reaction 8
Nausea 8
Injection site pain 7

Show all 157 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Adalimumab

Dosage Patients
40 mg/0.8 mL every other week 28
50 mg every other week 7
40 mg/0.8 mL weekly 7
40 mg every other week 6
1 mixed every other week 4
20 mg/0.4 mL every other week 4
1 other every other week 1
40 mg/0.8 mL monthly 1
2 mixed one time 1
20 mg/0.4 mL weekly 1

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Why patients stopped taking Adalimumab

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 135
Side effects too severe 73
Doctor's advice 65
Other 30
Expense 14
Change in health plan coverage 8
Course of treatment ended 6
Personal research 6
See all 228 patients who’ve stopped taking Adalimumab

Duration

Currently taking Adalimumab

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 21
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Adalimumab

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 35
1 - 6 months 62
6 months - 1 year 55
1 - 2 years 33
2 - 5 years 34
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 250
Usually 31
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 13
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 28
Somewhat hard to take 59
A little hard to take 84
Not at all hard to take 130
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 26
$100-199 2
$50-99 13
$25-49 16
< $25 139
Not specified 105

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Adalimumab after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Etanercept (Enbrel SureClick) 28
Infliximab (Remicade) 25
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 9
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 5
Prednisone (Deltasone) 4

Show all 27 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Adalimumab and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Etanercept (Enbrel SureClick) 13
Infliximab (Remicade) 12
Certolizumab (Cimzia) 7
Abatacept (Orencia) 6
Golimumab (Simponi SmartJect) 4

Show all 19 treatments patients report switching to

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16 patient evaluations for Adalimumab

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25yrRA
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25yrRA
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 55
Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: n
I have:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

See 25yrRA's full Adalimumab history

Aug 21, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 30, 2008 (Started Jul 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

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jenyj89
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jenyj89
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 55
Condition: Ankylosing Spondylitis 11 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: n
I have:
Ankylosing Spondylitis

See jenyj89's full Adalimumab history

Jun 15, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Ankylosing Spondylitis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Every Other Week
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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CrohnsandArthritis
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CrohnsandArthritis
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 48
Condition: Crohn's Disease 3 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Mild
I am: vg
I have:
Crohn's Disease

See CrohnsandArthritis's full Adalimumab history

Dec 14, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Crohn's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Injection site burning pain)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg/0.8 mL Every Other Week
Advice & Tips: Helped my arthritis more noticeably than my bowels! I find the injection painful but doing it very slowly decreases the pain significantly
Cost: $200+ monthly

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