HUMIRA dosing for hidradenitis suppurativa (HS)

HUMIRA dosing for HS


After you and your doctor have decided that HUMIRA is right for you, you may have additional questions about starting treatment with HUMIRA for moderate to severe hidradenitis suppurativa (HS). Here, you’ll find answers and support to help you get started.

Use the proper injection technique & follow your prescribed dosing schedule.

Your doctor will tell you which of the following doses is right for you. Important: You must pay attention to your starting dose—it is different than your maintenance dose and is a critical part of taking HUMIRA as prescribed. Your first injection should be given under the supervision of a health care professional. Remember to keep your HUMIRA injection refrigerated in its original container until you’re ready to use it.

What You Need to Know

Adult and Adolescent (12-17 years, 132 lbs or more) Dosing Schedule for HUMIRA Citrate-free.

Starting Dose Day 1*

2 HUMIRA Citrate-Free Pens

160 mg

(two 80 mg/0.8 mL injections)

Starting Dose Day 15

1 HUMIRA Citrate-Free Pen

80 mg

(one 80 mg/0.8 mL injection)

Continuing Dose Day 29
Weekly Option

1 HUMIRA Citrate-Free Pen

40 mg

(one 40 mg/0.4 mL injection & every week thereafter)

Continuing Dose Day 29
Every Other Week Option

1 HUMIRA Citrate-Free Pen

80 mg

(one 80 mg/0.8 mL injection & every other week thereafter)

*First dose can be administered as 2 injections in 1 day or as 1 injection per day for 2 consecutive days.

Adolescent (12-17 years, 66 lbs to less than 132 lbs) Dosing Schedule for HUMIRA Citrate-free.

Starting Dose Day 1


1 HUMIRA Citrate-Free Pen

80 mg

(one 80 mg/0.8 mL injection)

Continuing Dose Day 8

and every other week thereafter

1 HUMIRA Citrate-Free Pen

40 mg

(one 40 mg/0.4 mL injection)

Common side effects of HUMIRA.

Common side effects of HUMIRA include injection site reactions (pain, redness, rash, swelling, itching, or bruising), upper respiratory infections (sinus infections), headaches, rash, and nausea. These are not all of the possible side effects with HUMIRA. Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Injection training with HUMIRA for HS.

Self-inject following training with your doctor.

If your doctor determines self-administration is right for you, they will train you in self-injecting the first time you take HUMIRA. You can now get follow-up step-by-step instructions for how to take HUMIRA here. You can speak to a nurse over the phone, schedule an in-person visit, or watch a video below. Select which injection option you use, and then watch the corresponding video.

Watch how patients use HUMIRA.

You can get step-by-step instructions for injecting HUMIRA by watching self-injection demonstrations.

What you need to know about HUMIRA Citrate-free.

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The same HUMIRA you’ve come to count on, plus:

  • A thinner needle
  • 50% less liquid to inject
  • A larger viewing window
  • Less pain immediately following injection*

*Compared to HUMIRA 40 mg/0.8 mL.

Continue taking HUMIRA as directed by your doctor.

Remember, HUMIRA is a treatment, not a cure. If you’re feeling better after taking HUMIRA, that’s great. Do not stop taking HUMIRA unless your doctor tells you to stop. Some patients taking HUMIRA may think they can stop their treatment and still keep hidradenitis suppurativa under control. Only your doctor can tell you if and when you should stop taking HUMIRA.

If you experience any adverse reactions or discomfort when taking HUMIRA, discuss them with your doctor right away.

Forgot to take a dose of HUMIRA? Refer to HUMIRA Complete for more information

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HUMIRA Complete—personalized resources here when you need them.

With HUMIRA Complete, we’re there with you every step of the way so you have everything you need to start and manage your treatment.

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You and your HUMIRA Complete Nurse Ambassador*

Your Nurse Ambassador will be there so you don’t have to go it alone—helping you understand your condition and the role HUMIRA plays in your treatment. Your Nurse Ambassador can:

  • Find ways to help you save on HUMIRA
  • Provide supplemental injection training
  • Encourage you to establish your routine
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HUMIRA Complete Savings Card

Want to save on the cost of your monthly prescription? If you’re eligible, you could pay as little as $5 a month, every month, for your HUMIRA prescription.

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Injection Training

Feel confident every time you inject. Get assistance over the phone, online, in person, or have an injection training kit sent right to your home.

Or call 1.800.4HUMIRA (1.800.448.6472)

*Nurse Ambassadors are provided by AbbVie and do not work under the direction of your health care professional (HCP) or give medical advice. They are trained to direct patients to their HCP for treatment-related advice, including further referrals.

Eligibility: Available to patients with commercial insurance coverage for HUMIRA® (adalimumab) who meet eligibility criteria. This co-pay assistance program is not available to patients receiving prescription reimbursement under any federal, state, or government-funded insurance programs (for example, Medicare [including Part D], Medicare Advantage, Medigap, Medicaid, TRICARE, Department of Defense, or Veterans Affairs programs) or where prohibited by law. Offer subject to change or termination without notice. Restrictions, including monthly maximums, may apply. This is not health insurance. For full Terms and Conditions, visit or call 1.800.4humira for additional information. To learn about AbbVie’s privacy practices and your privacy choices, visit