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In ulcerative colitis clinical studies, more people (up to 18.5 percent) given Humira were in remission at eight weeks, compared to people given a placebo (up to 9.3 percent).
 

When and How to Take Humira

Some general considerations for when and how to take the medication include the following:
 
  • It is taken as an injection, usually once a week or every other week.
     
  • The injection is given just under the skin (subcutaneously), not into the muscle.
     
  • Your healthcare provider may give you Humira injections or you can give your own injections at home (if you feel comfortable doing so).
     
  • If you will be giving your own injections, your healthcare provider should show you exactly how to inject Humira.
     
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
     

Dosing Information

The dose of Humira your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • The medical condition being treated
  • Your weight (for children)
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may currently be taking.
     
(Click Humira Dosage for more information about dosing for Humira.)
 

Side Effects

As with any medicine, there are possible side effects with Humira. However, not everyone who takes it will experience side effects. In fact, many people tolerate the medication well. When side effects do occur, in most cases they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
 
Common side effects of Humira include, but are not limited to:
 
  • Infections
  • Pain at the injection site
  • Headaches
  • Accidental injury
  • Nausea.
     
(Click Humira Side Effects to learn about specific side effects of the drug, including some of the more serious side effects that you should report to your healthcare provider.)
 
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