HUMIRA targets and blocks a specific source of inflammation that contributes to psoriasis symptoms
The immune system can overproduce a protein called TNF which is one source of inflammation that contributes to psoriasis symptoms
HUMIRA is a biologic medication that targets and helps block TNF, reducing its inflammatory effects and the symptoms of raised, inflamed, red lesions covered by silvery white scales.
Getting results with HUMIRA
HUMIRA may lead to initial improvements in your skin symptoms over a four month period, with some people beginning to respond within four weeks.1,2,§ Treatment is generally long term and your dermatologist will discuss how long you may need to take HUMIRA. It is possible that no effect is seen after HUMIRA treatment. Discuss your expectations with your doctor.
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 is a fully human monoclonal antibody. Monoclonal antibodies are proteins that recognise and bind to other unique proteins. Rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and psoriasis are all 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 inflammation associated with autoimmune diseases.
Will HUMIRA cure my disease?
Unfortunately, currently there are no treatments available that can cure rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis, Crohn’s disease, or psoriasis. HUMIRA will not cure your condition but can help with your symptoms.
What else can I do to take care of my disease besides taking medications?
To better manage your disease, it may be helpful to eat a healthy diet, get adequate rest and lose any excess weight. It’s also a good idea to exercise regularly, which can help build strength, endurance and mobility. Many people find stress management beneficial, too. Always consult your doctor before beginning any diet or exercise programme.