A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Humira is a type of medication called a monoclonal antibody. It is a prescription drug that can target specific proteins in the body that lead to autoimmune disease. The following conditions can be treated with Humira:
Humira works by binding to TNF-alpha, a protein free-floating in the blood. Normally, TNF-alpha activates many different immune system cells. For people with the above conditions, they have too much activity in their immune system. Humira helps to lower that activity back to normal.
The directions for Humira are determined by your healthcare provider. The Humira dosage varies based on what condition is being treated.
Use Humira exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
Humira should be stored in the refrigerator at 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C), and not in the freezer. If brought to room temperature, Humira will last for 14 days.
Adalimumab is the active ingredient in Humira.
Serious drug-drug interactions with Humira include:
Tell your doctor if you have a history of cardiovascular disease or heart failure before taking Humira.
Tell your doctor if you have a latent infection like hepatitis B or tuberculosis. Humira can reactivate these infections.
Humira may increase the risk of certain cancers.
This list is not a full list of the possible precautions while taking Humira. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for precautions that are applicable to you.
Common Humira side effects may include:
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