HUMIRA targets and blocks a specific source of inflammation that contributes to psoriatic arthritis symptoms
When you have psoriatic arthritis, your body over-produces an inflammation-causing protein called TNF
HUMIRA targets and helps block TNF, reducing its inflammatory effects on the joints leading to the symptoms of joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and on the skin of red, scaly and risen plaques. HUMIRA can be used alone, or with certain other medicines for psoriatic arthritis.
Getting results with HUMIRA
You can expect to see improvement in the signs and symptoms of psoriatic arthritis in as little as 2 weeks in some people, however it may take up to 3 months or longer to notice improvement2,§. You’ll need to be patient and stay on track with your dosing schedule. Some patients may not respond within these timeframes.
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), which have been developed through genetic engineering (DNA technology).
HUMIRA binds to a specific protein, tumour necrosis factor (TNF), which is present at increased levels in inflammatory conditions such psoriatic arthritis. Inflammation associated with psoriatic arthritis can be caused by an over-production of the protein tumour necrosis factor (TNF).
Psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid 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 unknown 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 inflammation.
HUMIRA binds to TNF and helps reduce the pain and inflammation associated with autoimmune disease.
Will HUMIRA cure my disease?
Unfortunately, currently there are no treatments available that can cure psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid 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 maintain a healthy diet and lose any excess weight.
It’s also a good idea to exercise regularly, movement keeps joints and tendons looser and more limber, and helps reduce the inflammation and pain of psoriatic arthritis. Building up your muscles decreases the workload on joints.
Always consult your doctor before beginning any diet or exercise programme.