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:
 

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:
 

Adalimumab Side Effects: Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the side effects of adalimumab listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have side effects from a medicine that you have never tried. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking adalimumab. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you develop something that "just does not seem right." While it may not be a side effect, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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