I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis for more than 20 years. In that time I have tried many types of medicines to treat my disease. Last year my doctor switched me to Humira and I can't remember the last time I have felt this good.
Humira is the brand name for adalimumab, which is a tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blocker. It helps control the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis and can help prevent further damage to joints and tissue.It is also prescribed for people suffering from Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis and Crohn's Disease.
Since I have been taking Humira my symptoms have greatly reduced. I take very few pain relievers now and the swelling and tenderness is my joints has all but disappeared. My energy level has soared and I am able to do a lot more with my family.
Humira does have some serious side effects but fortunately I have not suffered from any of them. The major risk with taking Humira is the increased risk of serious infection. You can not take Humira if you have or have ever had Tuberculosis and you must tell your doctor if you develop any signs of an infection while taking this medicine.
Humira is given by injection that you administer yourself. I was a little leary of this but my doctor gave me the first injection and explained it very well. I use the pre-filled syringes but it also comes in injectable pens. It comes in a box with two pre-filled syringes. I take one shot every two weeks.
The only negative to this medication to me is the price. It is very expensive. It is classified as a level 4 drug so most insurance companies require that you pay at least 25% of the cost. Since the cost is approximatel $700.00 per shot my out of pocket cost is $350.00 per month. This is a lot of money but for me it has totally been worth the cost.
So, if you or anyone you know suffers from Rheumatoid Arthrits and need a new treatment, I would suggest talking to your doctor about Humira.