HUMIRA may be right for your child.
After you and your child’s doctor have discussed HUMIRA, here are some things you should know. The goals of pediatric Crohn's disease management include achieving remission (few or no symptoms) and maintaining remission. HUMIRA is a prescription medicine used to reduce signs and symptoms, and to achieve and maintain clinical remission in children 6 years of age and older with moderate to severe Crohn’s disease when certain other treatments have not worked well enough.
In addition, HUMIRA Ambassadors are available to provide support and guidance for you and your child throughout the duration of his or her treatment.
Bring your child into the treatment discussion.
You know your child. When you feel that he or she is ready, you may want to include your child in discussions with the doctor about his or her condition and treatment. Remember to ask if he or she understands what the doctor has said.
Talking about and sharing this decision may help your child realize the importance of following treatment as directed by his or her doctor, and may give your child a better understanding of his or her condition.
Many Crohn's symptoms may be caused by inflammation.
Many people with immune-mediated inflammatory diseases such as Crohn's disease produce too much tumor necrosis factor (TNF). TNF is a protein that is found in your body and is part of your immune system. However, in patients with Crohn's disease, this overproduction of TNF can cause inflammation in the digestive or gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which can contribute to Crohn's symptoms.
HUMIRA targets and blocks TNF.
HUMIRA belongs to a class of biologic medicines known as TNF blockers. Overproduction of TNF in the GI tract is associated with Crohn's disease. HUMIRA specifically binds to TNF to block its action. This helps reduce the inflammation that can lead to Crohn's symptoms.
Starting your child on HUMIRA
It's understandable that you may have some questions about starting your child on a new treatment. That's why we want to provide you with the information and support you need as your child starts HUMIRA.
One resource at your disposal is your HUMIRA Ambassador, who has received in-depth training on pediatric Crohn's disease and HUMIRA, available to you at no additional cost. Your HUMIRA Ambassador will work with you and your child during the onboarding process as well as provide education and support throughout your child’s treatment. They are available to answer questions about injecting HUMIRA, and they can also arrange for in-home injection training from a local registered nurse. HUMIRA Ambassadors do not give medical advice and will direct you to your child's health care professional for any treatment-related questions, including further referrals.
Learn how to give HUMIRA correctly.
If the doctor decides that you are able to give your child injections at home, you should receive training by a health care professional on the right way to prepare and inject HUMIRA. Do not try to inject HUMIRA until you have been shown the right way to give the injections. The doctor will take your child's weight into consideration when deciding the appropriate dose. Your child’s first injection must be given under the supervision of a health care professional. Remember to keep your HUMIRA refrigerated in its original container until ready for use.
With HUMIRA, you may not have to make an appointment and travel to the doctor’s office for every dose. HUMIRA offers you the flexibility to administer your child’s medicine in the comfort of your home. Your child’s doctor will follow up with you on a regular basis. For more information on the right way to inject HUMIRA, refer to the Patient Instructions for Use, and the Medication Guide located inside your HUMIRA carton, and within the Full Prescribing Information.
Common side effects of HUMIRA include injection site reactions (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 child’s doctor if he or she is experiencing any side effect that is bothersome or that does not go away.
Step-by-step instructional videos are also available to help with learning how to inject HUMIRA.
We also want to provide additional information that may help you become more familiar with giving your child his or her injection. Here are some Tips for Creating a Positive Injection Environment when giving an injection.