Also know as Humira, adalimumab targets a part of the immune system involved in psoriasis. It can also be used to treat hidradenitis suppurativa. It is given as a shot. It can be a very effective treatment. Always take this medicine as prescribed.

Side effects of adalimumab

  • Reactions where the shot is given
  • Headache
  • Rash
  • Nausea (feel like you need to vomit) 
  • More upper respiratory infections (cold-like symptoms)
  • Worsening heart failure

Rare but serious side effects of adalimumab

  • Higher risk of getting infections, such as tuberculosis and hepatitis B and C.
    • You should be checked for these infections before starting this medicine. 
    • Stop the medicine and call your doctor if you have signs of infection.
  • Higher risk for certain cancers and a serious brain condition.
    • Tell your doctor if you have a personal or family history of multiple sclerosis. 
  • Serious allergic reactions.

Vaccines while on adalimumab

Get a flu shot each year, unless you have been told not to by your doctor. Talk with your doctor before getting live vaccines, such as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), nasal flu mist, varicella, Zostavax (shingles), yellow fever, typhoid, and live poliovirus.

Pregnancy and adalimumab

Talk to your doctor before trying to get pregnant. Right now there is no known risk of harm to the baby when this medicine is taken during pregnancy.

Last reviewed: 
August 2018

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