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Generic Name: adalimumab (AY da LIM ue mab)
Brand Name: Amjevita, Cyltezo, Humira

What is Amjevita?

Amjevita reduces the effects of a substance in the body that can cause inflammation.

Amjevita is used to treat many inflammatory conditions in adults, such as ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, plaque psoriasis, and a skin condition called hidradenitis suppurativa.

Amjevita is also used in adults and children to treat Crohn's disease or juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

Amjevita may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

This medicine affects your immune system. You may get infections more easily, even serious or fatal infections.

Before or during treatment with Amjevita, tell your doctor if you have signs of infection such as fever, chills, aches, tiredness, cough, skin sores, diarrhea, or burning when you urinate.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to Amjevita.

Before you start using Amjevita, tell your doctor if you have signs of infection--fever, chills, sweats, muscle aches, tiredness, cough, bloody mucus, skin sores, diarrhea, burning when you urinate, or feeling constantly tired.

Amjevita should not be given to a child younger than 2 years old (or 6 years old if treating Crohn's disease). Children using this medicine should be current on all childhood immunizations before starting treatment.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

Tell your doctor where you live and if you have recently traveled or plan to travel. You may be exposed to infections that are common to certain areas of the world.

Amjevita may cause a rare type of lymphoma (cancer) of the liver, spleen, and bone marrow that can be fatal. This has occurred mainly in teenagers and young men with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. However, anyone with an inflammatory autoimmune disorder may have a higher risk of lymphoma. Talk with your doctor about your own risk.

It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant. Make sure any doctor caring for your newborn baby knows if you used Amjevita while you were pregnant.

It may not be safe to breast-feed a baby while you are using this medicine. Ask your doctor about any risks.

How should I use Amjevita?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Amjevita is injected under the skin. A healthcare provider will teach you how to properly use this medicine by yourself.

Do not start using Amjevita if you have any signs of an infection. Call your doctor for instructions.

Read and carefully follow any instruction sheet provided with your medicine. Do not use Amjevita if you do not understand the instructions for proper use. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

The dose schedule for Amjevita is highly variable and depends on the condition you are treating. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.

Prepare your injection only when you are ready to give it. Do not use if the medicine looks cloudy or has particles in it. Call your pharmacist for new medicine.

Amjevita affects your immune system. You may get infections more easily, even serious or fatal infections. Your doctor will need to examine you on a regular basis.

Store this medicine in its original carton in a refrigerator. Do not freeze. If you are traveling, carefully follow all patient instructions for storing your medicine during travel.

Throw away any Amjevita that has become frozen.

Use a needle and syringe only once and then place them in a puncture-proof "sharps" container. Follow state or local laws about how to dispose of this container. Keep it out of the reach of children and pets.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the medicine as soon as you remember, and then go back to your regular injection schedule. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while using Amjevita?

Do not inject Amjevita into skin that is bruised, red, tender, or hard.

Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Tell your doctor at once if you develop signs of infection.

Do not receive a "live" vaccine while using Amjevita. The vaccine may not work as well during this time, and may not fully protect you from disease. Live vaccines include measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), polio, rotavirus, typhoid, yellow fever, varicella (chickenpox), or zoster (shingles).

Amjevita side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using Amjevita and call your doctor right away if you have any symptoms of lymphoma:

  • fever, swollen glands, night sweats, general feeling of illness;

  • joint and muscle pain, skin rash, easy bruising or bleeding;

  • pale skin, feeling light-headed or short of breath, cold hands and feet;

  • pain in your upper stomach that may spread to your shoulder; or

  • loss of appetite, feeling full after eating only a small amount, weight loss.

Also call your doctor at once if you have:

  • new or worsening psoriasis (raised, silvery flaking of the skin);

  • liver problems--fever, body aches, tiredness, stomach pain, right-sided upper stomach pain, vomiting, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);

  • lupus-like syndrome--joint pain or swelling, chest pain, shortness of breath, patchy skin color that worsens in sunlight;

  • nerve problems--numbness, tingling, dizziness, vision problems, weakness in your arms or legs; or

  • signs of tuberculosis--fever with ongoing cough, weight loss (fat or muscle).

Older adults may be more likely to develop infections or cancer while using Amjevita.

Common side effects may include:

  • headache;

  • cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sinus pain, sneezing, sore throat;

  • rash; or

  • redness, bruising, itching, or swelling where the injection was given.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Amjevita?

Some drugs should not be used together with Amjevita. Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with this medicine, especially:

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with adalimumab, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about Amjevita.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Last reviewed: January 30, 2018
Date modified: March 06, 2018