Adalimumab Prefilled Pens and Syringes

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Generic Name: Adalimumab Prefilled Pens and Syringes Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is Adalimumab Prefilled Pens and Syringes used for?

Adalimumab Prefilled Pens and Syringes is commonly used for treating these health conditions, such as:

How should I take Adalimumab Prefilled Pens and Syringes?

Use this medicine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

It is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.

If you will be giving yourself the shot, your doctor or nurse will teach you how to give the shot.

Wash your hands before and after use.

Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert.

Do not shake the solution.

Do not use if the solution is cloudy, leaking, or has particles.

Do not give if the solution is not clear and colorless.

Do not give into red or irritated skin.

Move the site where you give the shot with each shot.

If it makes the shot feel better, this medicine can be taken out of the refrigerator 15 to 30 minutes before using. Allow to sit at room temperature without removing the cap or cover. Do not heat this medicine.

Throw away needles in a needle/sharp disposal box. Do not reuse needles or other items. When the box is full, follow all local rules for getting rid of it. Talk with a doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Throw syringe away after use. Do not use the same syringe more than one time.

How do I store Adalimumab Prefilled Pens and Syringes?

Adalimumab Prefilled Pens and Syringes is best stored in the refrigerator. To prevent drug damage, do not freeze. There may be different brands of medication that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Adalimumab Prefilled Pens and Syringes down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Adalimumab Prefilled Pens and Syringes?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Adalimumab Prefilled Pens and Syringes or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine (adalimumab prefilled pens and syringes). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.

Hepatitis B testing may be done. A hepatitis B infection may get worse during care.

If you have a latex allergy, talk with your doctor.

You may have more chance of getting an infection. Wash hands often. Stay away from people with infections, colds, or flu.

You may bleed more easily. Be careful and avoid injury. Use a soft toothbrush and an electric razor.

Make sure you are up to date with all your vaccines before treatment with this medicine.

Talk with your doctor before getting any vaccines. Use with this medicine (adalimumab prefilled pens and syringes) may either raise the chance of an infection or make the vaccine not work as well.

Do not get weakened bacteria like BCG for bladder cancer while you use this medicine. Talk with your doctor.

Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.

If you have sunburn or other skin problems, talk with your doctor.

Have your skin checked. Tell your doctor if you have any skin changes like a new wart, skin sore or reddish bump that bleeds or does not heal, or a change in the color or size of a mole.

Rarely, people using drugs like this one have had nervous system problems. Sometimes, these problems have not gone away. Call your doctor right away if you have a burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal; change in eyesight; dizziness; seizures; or weakness in your arms or legs.

This medicine may affect how much of some other drugs are in your body. If you are taking other drugs, talk with your doctor. You may need to have your blood work checked more closely while taking this medicine (adalimumab prefilled pens and syringes) with your other drugs.

If you are 65 or older, use this medicine with care. You could have more side effects.

Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this medicine (adalimumab prefilled pens and syringes) while you are pregnant.

If you used this medicine when you were pregnant, tell your baby’s doctor.

Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Adalimumab Prefilled Pens and Syringes during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Adalimumab Prefilled Pens and Syringes. Adalimumab Prefilled Pens and Syringes is pregnancy risk category B, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Adalimumab Prefilled Pens and Syringes?

Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat
  • Signs of infection like fever, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, or wound that will not heal
  • Signs of lupus like a rash on the cheeks or other body parts, sunburn easy, muscle or joint pain, chest pain or shortness of breath, or swelling in the arms or legs
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Very bad headache
  • Feeling very tired or weak
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out
  • Any unexplained bruising or bleeding
  • Night sweats
  • A big weight loss
  • Fever that does not go away
  • Swollen gland
  • A skin lump or growth
  • Blood in the urine
  • Pale skin
  • Very bad irritation where the shot was given
  • Red scaly patches or bumps that are pus filled

Very bad and sometimes deadly liver problems have happened with this medicine. Call your doctor right away if you have signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.

Heart failure has happened with this medicine (adalimumab prefilled pens and syringes), as well as heart failure that has gotten worse in people who already have it. Tell your doctor if you have heart disease. Call your doctor right away if you have shortness of breath, a big weight gain, a heartbeat that is not normal, or swelling in the arms or legs that is new or worse.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Adalimumab Prefilled Pens and Syringes?

Adalimumab Prefilled Pens and Syringes may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Adalimumab Prefilled Pens and Syringes?

Adalimumab Prefilled Pens and Syringes may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Adalimumab Prefilled Pens and Syringes?

Adalimumab Prefilled Pens and Syringes may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Adalimumab Prefilled Pens and Syringes.

What is the dose of Adalimumab Prefilled Pens and Syringes for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Ankylosing Spondylitis

40 mg subcutaneously every other week

Usual Adult Dose for Rheumatoid Arthritis

40 mg subcutaneously every other week

Usual Adult Dose for Psoriatic Arthritis

40 mg subcutaneously every other week

Usual Adult Dose for Crohn’s Disease – Acute

Initial dose: 160 mg subcutaneously on Day 1 (given in one day or split over 2 consecutive days), followed by 80 mg subcutaneously 2 weeks later (Day 15)

Maintenance dose (beginning 2 weeks later [Day 29]): 40 mg subcutaneously every other week

Usual Adult Dose for Crohn’s Disease – Maintenance

Initial dose: 160 mg subcutaneously on Day 1 (given in one day or split over 2 consecutive days), followed by 80 mg subcutaneously 2 weeks later (Day 15)

Maintenance dose (beginning 2 weeks later [Day 29]): 40 mg subcutaneously every other week

Usual Adult Dose for Ulcerative Colitis

Initial dose: 160 mg subcutaneously on Day 1 (given in one day or split over 2 consecutive days), followed by 80 mg subcutaneously 2 weeks later (Day 15)

Maintenance dose (beginning 2 weeks later [Day 29]): 40 mg subcutaneously every other week

Usual Adult Dose for Uveitis

Initial dose: 80 mg subcutaneously

Maintenance dose: 40 mg subcutaneously every other week, starting one week after the initial dose

Usual Adult Dose for Plaque Psoriasis

Initial dose: 80 mg subcutaneously

Maintenance dose: 40 mg subcutaneously every other week, starting one week after the initial dose

Usual Adult Dose for Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Initial dose: 160 mg subcutaneously (given in one day or split over 2 consecutive days), followed by 80 mg subcutaneously 2 weeks later (Day 15)

Maintenance dose: 40 mg subcutaneously each week beginning on Day 29

What is the dose of Adalimumab Prefilled Pens and Syringes for a child?

Usual Pediatric Dose for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

2 years and older:

  • For 10 kg (22 pounds) to less than 15 kg (33 pounds):10 mg subcutaneously every other week
  • For 15 kg (33 pounds) to less than 30 kg (66 pounds): 20 mg subcutaneously every other week
  • For 30 kg (66 pounds) or greater: 40 mg subcutaneously every other week

Usual Pediatric Dose for Crohn’s Disease – Acute

6 years and older:

For 17 kg (37 pounds) to less than 40 kg (88 pounds):

  • Initial dose: 80 mg subcutaneously (Day 1), then 40 mg subcutaneously 2 weeks later (Day 15)
  • Maintenance dose: 20 mg subcutaneously every other week

For 40 kg (88 pounds) or greater:

  • Initial dose: 160 mg subcutaneously (Day 1) given in one day or split over 2 consecutive days, then 80 mg subcutaneously 2 weeks later (Day 15)
  • Maintenance dose: 40 mg subcutaneously every other week

Usual Pediatric Dose for Crohn’s Disease – Maintenance

6 years and older:

For 17 kg (37 pounds) to less than 40 kg (88 pounds):

  • Initial dose: 80 mg subcutaneously (Day 1), then 40 mg subcutaneously 2 weeks later (Day 15)
  • Maintenance dose: 20 mg subcutaneously every other week

For 40 kg (88 pounds) or greater:

  • Initial dose: 160 mg subcutaneously (Day 1) given in one day or split over 2 consecutive days, then 80 mg subcutaneously 2 weeks later (Day 15)
  • Maintenance dose: 40 mg subcutaneously every other week

How is Adalimumab Prefilled Pens and Syringes available?

Adalimumab Prefilled Pens and Syringes is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Subcutaneous kit

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Adalimumab Prefilled Pens and Syringes, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: September 14, 2017 | Last Modified: September 14, 2017

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