How Does Humira Work?

Humira® (adalimumab) is a medication used to treat symptoms of various inflammatory conditions, such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, plaque psoriasis, and certain types of arthritis. It belongs to a class of drugs called tumor necrosis factor inhibitors, or TNF inhibitors. But how does Humira work?
Humira works by blocking the activity of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), a naturally occurring chemical in the body that is involved in inflammation and other immune system functions.
People with certain inflammatory conditions often have higher levels of TNF-alpha, which can cause inflammation and lead to problems. By blocking TNF-alpha, Humira helps to relieve the symptoms of these conditions and, in some cases, prevents future damage from occurring. However, the drug does not cure these conditions.
(For more information on this medication and how it works, click Humira. This article provides a complete overview of the drug, including information on its uses, general precautions, and potential side effects.)
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