Adalimumab Side Effects
Common Adalimumab Side Effects
Adalimumab has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials, in which the side effects of a group of people taking the drug are documented and compared to another group not taking the medicine. As a result, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
In these studies, the most common adalimumab side effects included:
- Reactions at the injection site (redness, itching, pain, or swelling) -- in up to 20 percent of people
- Upper respiratory tract infections (such as the common cold) -- up to 17 percent
- Sinus infections -- up to 11 percent
- Accidental injury -- up to 10 percent
- Nausea -- up to 9 percent
- Urinary tract infections (bladder infection) -- up to 8 percent.
Other common side effects, occurring in 5 to 7 percent of people, included:
- Flu symptoms (such as fever or chills)
- Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
- High cholesterol
- Blood in the urine
- Back pain
- High blood pressure (hypertension).
Rare Side Effects With Adalimumab
Rare adalimumab side effects occur in less than 5 percent of people taking the drug. Because these side effects are so uncommon, it is difficult to tell whether they are actually caused by adalimumab or other factors.
Some of these less common side effects include but are not limited to: