Here’s what you need to know about taking HUMIRA, including the support that’s available to help your child stay on track
Getting the best out of your HUMIRA treatment
HUMIRA is given by injection just under the skin. For children who weigh between 15kg and 30kg, the recommended dose is 20mg every two weeks, and for children and adolescents who weigh 30kg or more, the recommended dose is 40mg every two weeks. Your child’s rheumatologist or other specialist will decide what dosage of HUMIRA is required, and how often the injection needs to be administered. Only inject as prescribed by them.
HUMIRA is available in either a pre-filled single use syringe (20mg and 40mg), or pre-filled single-use auto-injector pen (40 mg) and both come pre-loaded with the exact dose of medicine inside. Your child’s rheumatologist, specialist or nurse will be able to help you and be with you for your child’s first injection and before long you will be able to do it at home with your child. If you cannot, the injection can be given by another healthcare professional or a family member or friend after they have been trained.
Some people find it helpful to inject HUMIRA in the morning or at bedtime. However, once you find a time that you prefer, using the medicine at a consistent time can help you remember to take it. It’s also a good idea to mark your calendar with the dates of your treatment as this may help you remember when to use it. Always follow your doctor’s instructions on when and how often to use HUMIRA.
If you forget to use HUMIRA when you’re supposed to, inject the next dose as soon as you remember. Then inject your next dose as you would have on your originally scheduled day, had you not forgotten the dose. Do not give yourself/your child two injections to make up for the injection that you missed. If it is almost time for your/your child’s next dose, skip the dose you/your child missed and take the next dose when you/your child are meant to.
People in New Zealand who are taking HUMIRA can join the AbbVie Care programme for personalised support.