Humira Alternatives

As a type of tumor necrosis factor inhibitor, or TNF inhibitor, Humira® (adalimumab) can be used to treat inflammatory conditions that affect the joints, spine, or digestive system. Specifically, Humira is approved to treat:
In general, Humira is effective and well tolerated. However, if you experience bothersome side effects or if the medication is not adequately controlling your symptoms, there are several alternatives to Humira.
Some of the substitutes for Humira for treating certain arthritis conditions include:
  • Analgesics (pain relievers), including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Corticosteroids
  • Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs)
  • Other biologic response modifiers (specifically TNF inhibitors).
Some of the Humira alternatives for treating inflammatory conditions that affect the digestive system include:
  • Aminosalicylates
  • Immunosuppressive drugs
  • Antidiarrheal medicines.
Because people can respond to drugs differently, your healthcare provider may have to try several different ones before finding a medicine that works for you.
(Click Ankylosing Spondylitis Medications, Rheumatoid Arthritis Medication, and Crohn's Disease Medications for a more complete look at possible alternatives for Humira.)
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