If you are still experiencing symptoms, your current treatment may not have your moderate to severe Crohn’s disease under control and HUMIRA may help
HUMIRA has been proven to induce and maintain remission (little or no symptoms) in many people with moderate to severe Crohn’s disease.
If you’re like others who’ve not responded well enough or have lost response to your current Crohn’s disease treatments, such as aminosalicylates, corticosteroids, immunomodulators, or another biologic, ask your gastroenterologist about HUMIRA.
Disease control may be possible with HUMIRA.§
HUMIRA is known as a biologic and works differently to conventional treatments because it works by identifying and blocking a specific source of inflammation that contributes to the symptoms of Crohn’s disease.
HUMIRA is only available with a prescription, so if you are still experiencing symptoms of Crohn’s disease despite your current treatment, ask your gastroenterologist to see if HUMIRA is right for you.
The government medicine funding agency, PHARMAC, fully subsidises HUMIRA if your Crohn’s disease has not fully responded to other medicines prescribed by a specialist, and you meet other criteria required by PHARMAC. Your specialist will discuss whether HUMIRA is right for you, and whether you may qualify for PHARMAC funded treatment. Usual doctor’s consultation fees, and pharmacy prescription charges remain payable by you.
HUMIRA has been studied in clinical trials up to 4 years. Based on clinical trial results with 4 years follow-up, many of those adults who may respond or achieve remission initially with HUMIRA for Crohn’s disease will continue to benefit over time.3,§
What is HUMIRA and how does it work?
HUMIRA (adalimumab) belongs to a group of medicines called biologics. Biologics are injectable protein-based therapies (often antibodies).
HUMIRA binds to a specific protein, tumour necrosis factor (TNF), which is present at increased levels in inflammatory conditions such as Crohn’s disease. Inflammation associated with Crohn’s disease can be caused by an over-production of the protein tumour necrosis factor (TNF).
Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and psoriasis are some examples of autoimmune diseases.
The cause of autoimmune diseases is currently not fully understood but it has been found that increased levels of a protein called TNF plays a key role in the excessive inflammation that is a feature of these diseases. TNF triggers inflammation as part of the body’s normal immune system response, however extra TNF can attack normal, healthy body tissue and cause tissue damage.
HUMIRA binds to TNF and helps reduce the pain and inflammation associated with autoimmune diseases.
Will HUMIRA cure my disease?
Unfortunately, currently there are no treatments available that can cure Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis, or psoriasis. HUMIRA will not cure your condition but can help with your symptoms.
When should I expect to see and feel an improvement?
HUMIRA can act quickly; most people with Crohn’s disease can expect to see improvement in their symptoms within 3 months and in some cases as early as four weeks2,3,§. It is possible that no effect is seen after HUMIRA treatment. Discuss your expectations with your doctor.
You’ll need to be patient and stay on track with your dosing schedule as advised by your gastroenterologist. Some patients may not respond within these timeframes.
Talk with your doctor
We’ve put together a checklist that you can take along to your gastroenterologist visit to discuss symptoms and treatment options.