It’s understandable that you may have some questions about starting a new treatment. That’s why we want to provide you with the information and support you need as you start your HUMIRA injections.
The starting dose of HUMIRA for adult patients with plaque psoriasis is 80 mg (milligrams) on Day 1 (2 Pens). The maintenance dose is 40 mg on Day 8 (1 Pen), and 40 mg every other week thereafter. Always follow your doctor's instructions about when and how often to take HUMIRA. If you need additional help with self-injecting, you can view an instructional video here.
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. Make sure you have been shown how to inject HUMIRA before you do it yourself. Your first injection should be given under the supervision of a health care professional. Remember to keep your HUMIRA refrigerated in its original container until ready for use.
On Day 1 only
You will inject 2 HUMIRA 40 mg/0.8 mL Pens
On Day 8 and every other week thereafter
You will inject 1 HUMIRA Pen
(40 mg/0.8 mL)
Remember, HUMIRA is a treatment, not a cure. 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.
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.
Patients taking HUMIRA see clearer skin in as little as 4 months.
In clinical trials, most adults taking HUMIRA were clear or almost clear, and many saw 75% and even 90% skin clearance in just 4 months. Your results may vary.
HUMIRA is not right for everyone. Only your doctor can decide if HUMIRA is right for you.