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) 272 156
Crohn's Disease 182 81
Psoriasis 107 44
Ankylosing Spondylitis 68 29
Psoriatic Arthritis 64 41
Ulcerative colitis 24 17

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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 48
Moderate 65
Mild 80
None 144

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Adalimumab

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 15
Headaches 11
Immune system weak 10
Nausea 9
Injection site reaction 8
Injection site pain 7

Show all 166 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Adalimumab

Dosage Patients
40 mg/0.8 mL every other week 27
50 mg every other week 17
40 mg every other week 13
40 mg/0.8 mL weekly 9
1 mixed every other week 8
40 mg weekly 4
50 mg weekly 4
100 mg every other week 3
40 mixed every other week 2
1 other every other week 1

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Why patients stopped taking Adalimumab

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 143
Side effects too severe 80
Doctor's advice 68
Other 33
Expense 14
Change in health plan coverage 8
Course of treatment ended 7
Personal research 6
See all 245 patients who’ve stopped taking Adalimumab

Duration

Currently taking Adalimumab

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 17
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 22
5 - 10 years 24
10 years or more 3

Stopped taking Adalimumab

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 42
1 - 6 months 66
6 months - 1 year 58
1 - 2 years 35
2 - 5 years 35
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 278
Usually 35
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 16
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 31
Somewhat hard to take 67
A little hard to take 92
Not at all hard to take 147
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 26
$100-199 2
$50-99 13
$25-49 19
< $25 160
Not specified 117

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Adalimumab after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Etanercept (Enbrel SureClick) 34
Infliximab (Remicade) 33
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 16
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 6
Prednisone (Deltasone) 6

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Adalimumab and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Etanercept (Enbrel SureClick) 17
Infliximab (Remicade) 13
Certolizumab (Cimzia) 10
Abatacept (Orencia) 9
Golimumab (Simponi SmartJect) 5

Show all 20 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: 1 star
  • 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: 56
Condition: Ankylosing Spondylitis 11 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: vb
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: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 48
Condition: Crohn's Disease 4 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 (Burning pain at injection site)
  • 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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