In ulcerative colitis clinical studies, more people (up to 18.5 percent) given adalimumab were in remission at eight weeks, compared to people given a placebo (up to 9.3 percent).
When and How to Take AdalimumabSome general considerations for when and how to take adalimumab include the following:
- Adalimumab 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 the injections, or you can give them to yourself at home if you feel comfortable doing so.
- If you will be giving yourself the injections, your healthcare provider should show you exactly how to inject adalimumab.
- For adalimumab to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop taking it.
Dosing InformationThe dose of adalimumab 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.
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Side Effects of AdalimumabAs with any medicine, side effects are possible with adalimumab. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, many people tolerate it well. If 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 adalimumab include but are not limited to:
- Pain at the injection site
- Accidental injury
(Click Adalimumab Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report to your healthcare provider.)