Starting Treatment

Here’s what you need to know about taking HUMIRA, including the support that’s available to stay on track

Getting the best out of your HUMIRA treatment

HUMIRA is given by injection just under the skin. The usual recommended dose for adults with psoriatic arthritis is a 40mg injection once every two weeks. Your rheumatologist or dermatologist will decide what dosage of HUMIRA you require and how often you need to administer the injection. Only inject as prescribed by them. HUMIRA is available in either a pre-filled single use syringe, or pre-filled single-use auto-injector pen and both come pre-loaded with the exact dose of medicine inside. Your rheumatologist, dermatologist or nurse will be able to help you and be with you for your first injection and before long you will be able to do it by yourself. 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 two injections to make up for the injection that you missed. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take the next dose when you are meant to. People in New Zealand who are taking HUMIRA can join the AbbVie Care programme for personalised support.

Talk with your doctor

We’ve put together a checklist that you can take along to your rheumatologist visit to discuss symptoms and treatment options.

Take the ‘Psoriatic Arthritis symptom quiz’

‘Psoriatic Arthritis symptom quiz’