HUMIRA targets and blocks a specific source of inflammation that contributes to rheumatoid arthritis symptoms
When you have rheumatoid arthritis, your body over produces an inflammation-causing protein called TNF
HUMIRA is a biologic medication that reduces the inflammatory effects of TNF on the joints and the symptoms of joint pain, swelling, and stiffness. HUMIRA can be used alone, or in combination with some other medicines.
Getting results with HUMIRA
In clinical studies, some people on HUMIRA and methotrexate have seen improvement in their rheumatoid arthritis symptoms in as little as two weeks. For others, it may take up to three months or longer to possibly notice less pain, swelling, and joint stiffness2-4.
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 as rheumatoid arthritis. Inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis can be caused by an over-production of the protein tumour necrosis factor (TNF).
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.
Talk with your doctor
We’ve put together a discussion guide that you can take along to your rheumatologist visit in order to share your symptoms.