Humira Rheumatoid Arthritis Medicine

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you may benefit from Humira® (adalimumab). This prescription medicine is used to treat several inflammatory conditions that affect the joints, spine, and digestive system.
 
In clinical studies looking at Humira as a rheumatoid arthritis treatment, the medicine was shown to improve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. The medication also improved the physical joint changes that occur with rheumatoid arthritis.
 
Humira belongs to a group of drugs known as tumor necrosis factor inhibitors, or TNF inhibitors for short. It works by blocking the activity of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha). TNF-alpha is a naturally occurring chemical in the body that is involved in inflammation and other immune system functions.
 
People with rheumatoid arthritis often have higher levels of TNF. These high levels of TNF-alpha 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.
 
(For more details on this rheumatoid arthritis medicine, click Humira Uses. This article takes a closer look at how this medication works, other possible uses of the drug, and whether it's safe for use in children.)
 
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