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Humira can be prescribed to treat symptoms of inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, and ankylosing spondylitis. Although it cannot cure these conditions, it can help relieve symptoms and, in some cases, prevent future damage from occurring. The medication comes in an injectable form that is administered just under the skin by you or your healthcare provider, usually once a week or every other week. There are potential side effects of Humira, such as nausea, headaches, and pain at the injection site.

What Is Humira?

Humira® (adalimumab) is a prescription medication approved to treat several inflammatory conditions that affect the joints, spine, and digestive system.
 

Who Makes Humira?

It is made by Abbott Pharmaceuticals.
 

What Is It Used For?

Specific uses of the drug include reducing the signs and symptoms of the following conditions:
 
(Click Humira Uses for more information on what it is used for, including possible off-label uses.)
 

How Does It Work?

Humira is part of a class of medicines known as tumor necrosis factor inhibitors, or TNF inhibitors for short. As the name implies, the drug blocks 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, juvenile arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriasis, ulcerative colitis, or Crohn's disease 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. Humira does not cure these conditions.
 
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