If you and your doctor have decided that HUMIRA is the right treatment for your moderate to severe ulcerative colitis, you should know that HUMIRA comes with resources to help.
With HUMIRA Complete, answers to your questions about HUMIRA, educational resources, understanding ways to manage the cost of your prescription, and encouragement are ready for you when you need them.
Once enrolled, you’ll be connected with your own Nurse Ambassador,* whose first priority will be to educate and empower you to start and stay on track with your treatment plan as prescribed.
*Nurse Ambassadors do not give medical advice and will direct you to your health care professional for any treatment-related questions, including further referrals.
If your doctor decides that you are able to give your 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 yourself until you have been shown the right way to give the injections. Your first injection should be given under the supervision of a health care professional.
HUMIRA offers the independence of self-administration. You may not have to schedule an appointment in order to take your medication at a doctor's office, because you can take HUMIRA in the comfort of your home. HUMIRA is typically taken every other week, after an initial starting dose, and requires refrigeration until administration. Your doctor will follow up with you on a regular basis. Refer to the Patient Instructions for Use for the HUMIRA Pen or the prefilled syringe and the Medication Guide for more 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 doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
The chart below explains a standard HUMIRA dosing schedule. Always follow your doctor's instructions about when and how often to take HUMIRA.
For tips on how to properly inject HUMIRA, refer to the Patient Instructions for Use for the HUMIRA Pen or the prefilled syringe and the Medication Guide for more information. 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. 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.
Starting Dose Day 1*
4 HUMIRA Pens
Starting Dose Day 15
2 HUMIRA Pens
Continuing Dose Day 29
and every other week thereafter
1 HUMIRA Pen
On Day 29 you will begin your regularly scheduled dose of 1 HUMIRA® Pen (40 mg) every other week.
*First dose can be administered as 4 injections in 1 day or as 2 injections per day for 2 consecutive days.
Note: Also available in prefilled syringe.
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 ulcerative colitis 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.