What is Humira?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Adalimumab

Humira® is a brand name for adalimumab. It 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) 108 62
Psoriasis 63 21
Crohn's Disease 50 18
Psoriatic Arthritis 32 19
Ankylosing Spondylitis 17 5
Ulcerative colitis 11 8

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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 14
Moderate 24
Mild 24
None 57

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Humira

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 6
Headaches 5
Injection site pain 4
Immune system weak 3
Migraine headaches 3
Psoriatic plaques (scaly patches) 3

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Humira

Dosage Patients
40 mg/0.8 mL every other week 11
50 mg every other week 10
40 mg every other week 5
50 mg weekly 4
20 mg/0.4 mL every other week 3
40 mg/0.8 mL monthly 1
20 mg/0.4 mL weekly 1
40 mcg every other week 1
40 mg/0.8 mL weekly 1
100 mg every other week 1

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Why patients stopped taking Humira

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 59
Doctor's advice 25
Side effects too severe 21
Other 12
Expense 8
Course of treatment ended 4
Change in health plan coverage 3
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently taking Humira

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Humira

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 13
1 - 6 months 26
6 months - 1 year 21
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 91
Usually 17
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 13
Somewhat hard to take 22
A little hard to take 43
Not at all hard to take 41
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 14
$100-199 1
$50-99 6
$25-49 7
< $25 49
Not specified 42

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Humira after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Etanercept (Enbrel SureClick) 18
Infliximab (Remicade) 10
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 8
Prednisone (Deltasone) 5
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 3

Show all 22 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Humira and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Etanercept (Enbrel SureClick) 6
Abatacept (Orencia) 4
Certolizumab (Cimzia) 4
Infliximab (Remicade) 4
Apremilast (Otezla) 3

Show all 14 treatments patients report switching to

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8 patient evaluations for Humira

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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)

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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

  • 0 helpful marks
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

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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

  • 0 helpful marks
poppysmom
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poppysmom
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 60
Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 12 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: None
I am: vg
I have:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

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Sep 21, 2014 (Started Apr 08, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg/0.8 mL Every Other Week
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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