Moderate to Severe
Rheumatoid Arthritis

HUMIRA: moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treatment

Spotlight on HUMIRA: RA Treatment

Helps relieve joint pain and prevent further joint damage

HUMIRA + methotrexate can be more effective than methotrexate alone

Prescribed for over 13 years

HUMIRA can help relieve pain and swelling—and help prevent further joint damage.

Maybe you’ve accepted the morning stiffness that comes with moderate to severe RA as your “new
normal.” You may not have to. Many people with RA who’ve tried HUMIRA are once again able to do
some of the things they love.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

HUMIRA is a prescription medicine used alone, with methotrexate,
or with certain other medicines to reduce the signs and symptoms
of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis in adults, may
prevent further damage to your bones and joints, and
may help your ability to perform daily activities.

Some rheumatoid arthritis patients notice less joint pain,
swelling and stiffness in as little as 2 weeks. For others, it may
take up to 3 months or longer. Individual results may vary.

These results were seen in people taking HUMIRA in
combination with methotrexate for moderate to severe RA.

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HUMIRA and methotrexate—a combination that has demonstrated results.

Your doctor may prescribe HUMIRA together with methotrexate for your moderate to severe RA. Studies have shown that people taking HUMIRA and methotrexate had fewer symptoms and slower progression of joint damage than those taking methotrexate alone.

In a study of moderate to severe RA patients diagnosed for an average of 11 years who added HUMIRA to methotrexate:

HUMIRA® (adalimumab) + MTX moderate to severe RA treatment: 63% saw 20% improvement in symptoms

63% of people who took HUMIRA with methotrexate saw improvement in RA signs and symptoms (compared to 30% of people taking methotrexate alone)

When compared with methotrexate alone in a clinical study, more people taking HUMIRA and methotrexate saw a 20% improvement in the signs and symptoms of RA at 6 months

In a separate study of patients with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (diagnosed for less than three years and not previously treated with methotrexate), combining HUMIRA and methotrexate showed:

64% of people taking HUMIRA with methotrexate had no further joint damage 1 year after treatment (compared to 37% of people taking methotrexate alone)

HUMIRA® (adalimumab) ) rheumatoid arthritis treatment: 5x more effective than methotrexate alone

The combination, on average, was 5 times more effective at slowing the progression of joint damage than methotrexate alone after 2 years


HUMIRA has been prescribed over 13 years.

1997 Clinical trial experience: beginning with RA, first patient dosed in April 1997
2002 HUMIRA is approved to treat moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis
2005 HUMIRA is approved to treat psoriatic arthritis
2008 HUMIRA is approved to treat moderate to severe polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis in children 4 years of age or older
2015 As of December 2015, HUMIRA patients currently treated worldwide was 955,717*
*Across all approved indications

HUMIRA Use for Psoriatic Arthritis

HUMIRA is a prescription medicine used alone or with certain other medicines to reduce the signs and symptoms of psoriatic arthritis in adults, may prevent further damage to your bones and joints, and may help your ability to perform daily activities.

HUMIRA Use for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

HUMIRA is a prescription medicine used alone, with methotrexate, or with certain other medicines to reduce the signs and symptoms of moderate to severe polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis in children 2 years of age and older.

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Learn about our Important Safety Information.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
ABOUT HUMIRA® (adalimumab)1

What is the most important information I should know about HUMIRA?

You should discuss the potential benefits and risks of HUMIRA with your doctor. HUMIRA is a TNF blocker medicine that can lower the ability of your immune system to fight infections. You should not start taking HUMIRA if you have any kind of infection unless your doctor says it is okay.

  • Serious infections have happened in people taking HUMIRA. These serious infections include tuberculosis (TB) and infections caused by viruses, fungi, or bacteria that have spread throughout the body. Some people have died from these infections. Your doctor should test you for TB before starting HUMIRA, and check you closely for signs and symptoms of TB during treatment with HUMIRA. If your doctor feels you are at risk, you may be treated with medicine for TB.

  • Cancer. For children and adults taking TNF blockers, including HUMIRA, the chance of getting lymphoma or other cancers may increase. There have been cases of unusual cancers in children, teenagers, and young adults using TNF blockers. Some people have developed a rare type of cancer called hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma. This type of cancer often results in death. If using TNF blockers including HUMIRA, your chance of getting two types of skin cancer (basal cell and squamous cell) may increase. These types are generally not life-threatening if treated; tell your doctor if you have a bump or open sore that doesn’t heal.


What should I tell my doctor BEFORE starting HUMIRA?

Tell your doctor about all of your health conditions, including if you:

  • Have an infection, are being treated for infection, or have symptoms of an infection
  • Get a lot of infections or infections that keep coming back
  • Have diabetes
  • Have TB or have been in close contact with someone with TB, or were born in, lived in, or traveled where there is more risk for getting TB
  • Live or have lived in an area (such as the Ohio and Mississippi River valleys) where there is an increased risk for getting certain kinds of fungal infections, such as histoplasmosis, coccidioidomycosis, or blastomycosis
  • Have or have had hepatitis B
  • Are scheduled for major surgery
  • Have or have had cancer
  • Have numbness or tingling or a nervous system disease such as multiple sclerosis or Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Have or had heart failure
  • Have recently received or are scheduled to receive a vaccine. HUMIRA patients may receive vaccines, except for live vaccines
  • Are allergic to rubber, latex, or any HUMIRA ingredients
  • Are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to breastfeed

Also tell your doctor about all the medicines you take. You should not take HUMIRA with ORENCIA® (abatacept), KINERET® (anakinra), REMICADE® (infliximab), ENBREL® (etanercept), CIMZIA® (certolizumab pegol), or SIMPONI® (golimumab). Tell your doctor if you have ever used RITUXAN® (rituximab), IMURAN® (azathioprine), or PURINETHOL® (mercaptopurine, 6-MP).


What should I watch for AFTER starting HUMIRA?

HUMIRA can cause serious side effects, including:

  • Serious infections. These include TB and infections caused by viruses, fungi, or bacteria. Symptoms related to TB include a cough, low-grade fever, weight loss, or loss of body fat and muscle.
  • Hepatitis B infection in carriers of the virus. Symptoms include muscle aches, feeling very tired, dark urine, skin or eyes that look yellow, little or no appetite, vomiting, clay-colored bowel movements, fever, chills, stomach discomfort, and skin rash.
  • Allergic reactions. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include hives, trouble breathing, and swelling of your face, eyes, lips, or mouth.
  • Nervous system problems. Signs and symptoms include numbness or tingling, problems with your vision, weakness in your arms or legs, and dizziness.
  • Blood problems. Symptoms include a fever that does not go away, bruising or bleeding very easily, or looking very pale.
  • Heart failure (new or worsening). Symptoms include shortness of breath, swelling of your ankles or feet, and sudden weight gain.
  • Immune reactions including a lupus-like syndrome. Symptoms include chest discomfort or pain that does not go away, shortness of breath, joint pain, or rash on your cheeks or arms that gets worse in the sun.
  • Liver problems. Symptoms include feeling very tired, skin or eyes that look yellow, poor appetite or vomiting, and pain on the right side of your stomach (abdomen).
  • Psoriasis (new or worsening). Symptoms include red scaly patches or raised bumps that are filled with pus.

Call your doctor or get medical care right away if you develop any of the above symptoms.


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 doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.


Remember, tell your doctor right away if you have an infection or symptoms of an infection, including:

  • Fever, sweats, or chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Blood in phlegm
  • Weight loss
  • Warm, red, or painful skin or sores on your body
  • Diarrhea or stomach pain
  • Burning when you urinate
  • Urinating more often than normal
  • Feeling very tired

HUMIRA is given by injection under the skin.


This is the most important information to know about HUMIRA. For more information, talk to your health care provider.

 

Uses

 

HUMIRA is a prescription medicine used:

  • To reduce the signs and symptoms of:
    • Moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in adults. HUMIRA can be used alone, with methotrexate, or with certain other medicines. HUMIRA may prevent further damage to your bones and joints and may help your ability to perform daily activities.
    • Moderate to severe polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) in children 2 years of age and older. HUMIRA can be used alone, with methotrexate, or with certain other medicines.
    • Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in adults. HUMIRA can be used alone or with certain other medicines. HUMIRA may prevent further damage to your bones and joints and may help your ability to perform daily activities.
    • Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) in adults.
    • Moderate to severe Crohn's disease (CD) and to achieve and maintain clinical remission in adults who have not responded well to conventional treatments. HUMIRA is also used to reduce signs and symptoms and to achieve clinical remission in these adults who have lost response to or are unable to tolerate infliximab.
    • Moderate to severe Crohn's disease (CD) and to achieve and maintain clinical remission in children 6 years of age and older when certain other treatments have not worked well enough.
    • Moderate to severe hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) in adults.
  • In adults, to help get moderate to severe ulcerative colitis (UC) under control (induce remission) and keep it under control (sustain remission) when certain other medicines have not worked well enough. It is not known if HUMIRA is effective in people who stopped responding to or could not tolerate anti-TNF medicines.
  • To treat moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis (Ps) in adults who are ready for systemic therapy or phototherapy, and are under the care of a doctor who will decide if other systemic therapies are less appropriate.

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Please see accompanying full Prescribing Information, including Patient Instructions for Use in the Medication Guide and discuss it with your doctor.

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HUMIRA Use1

HUMIRA is a prescription medicine used alone, with methotrexate, or with certain other medicines to reduce the signs and symptoms of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis in adults, may prevent further damage to your bones and joints, and may help your ability to perform daily activities.

SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS1

Serious infections have happened in people taking HUMIRA. These serious infections include tuberculosis (TB) and infections caused by viruses, fungi, or bacteria that have spread throughout the body. Some people have died from these infections. HUMIRA may increase the chance of getting lymphoma, including a rare kind, or other cancers. HUMIRA can cause serious side effects including hepatitis B infection in carriers of the virus, allergic reactions, nervous system problems, blood problems, heart failure, certain immune reactions including a lupus-like syndrome, liver problems, and new or worsening psoriasis.