Inflammation in your child’s body
TNF and inflammation
One factor involved in Crohn’s disease is TNF. TNF plays a role in inflammation as part of the body’s normal defense mechanism, and is found throughout the body. However, overproduction of TNF is associated with inflammation that can be harmful. In Crohn's disease, inflammation primarily affects the digestive tract and can also affect other parts of the body. This can trigger symptoms of Crohn's disease.
HUMIRA targets and blocks TNF.
HUMIRA belongs to a class of biologic medicines known as TNF blockers. It specifically binds to TNF and blocks it from acting within the body. This helps reduce the inflammation that can lead to the symptoms of Crohn’s disease.
Ask your child’s doctor about the benefits and risks of HUMIRA.
It’s important that both you and your child speak with your child’s gastroenterologist about the benefits and risks of taking a biologic medication. It may also be important that your child understands what is happening inside his or her body and the decisions that have been made about his or her treatment plan. Prescription medications, including HUMIRA, have possible risks involved with treatment, so it’s important to discuss these risks with a doctor. HUMIRA is not right for everyone.
Because HUMIRA blocks the action of TNF, it can lower the ability of your child's immune system to fight infections. Your child should not start taking HUMIRA if he or she has any kind of infection unless your child's doctor says it’s okay. People treated with HUMIRA have an increased chance of developing serious infections that may lead to hospitalization or death, and may increase the chance of getting lymphoma (including a rare kind), skin or other cancers. You should discuss the potential benefits and risks of HUMIRA with your child's doctor.
Calling on your Ambassador
Because HUMIRA is taken by injection, you and your child may understandably have questions about how to administer your child’s medicine. You may also have questions about pediatric Crohn’s disease or HUMIRA in general. Our HUMIRA Ambassadors are provided as a resource for you and your child at no additional cost. Because they have received in-depth training on pediatric Crohn's disease and HUMIRA, they have the knowledge of what you and your child may be going through.
Your HUMIRA Ambassador can teach you and your child about pediatric Crohn’s disease and provide support based on your individual needs. HUMIRA Ambassadors are available through HUMIRA Complete, an optional product support program offered to you by AbbVie that includes services such as injection training, financial assistance information, and more. Your HUMIRA Ambassador can provide you with one-to-one customized education and support as well as assist you with the other services provided through HUMIRA Complete.
Enroll in HUMIRA Complete here by calling 1.800.4HUMIRA (1.800.448.6472) (select the option to speak with a nurse).
It’s normal to have questions about pediatric Crohn’s disease. Check out our FAQ section for some answers that you may be looking for.