Understanding The Risks Of Taking Humira

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An autoimmune condition called rheumatoid arthritis affects at least two million Americans, according to the Arthritis Foundation. This condition is where the body actually attacks the joints, causing inflammation, pain, and deformity. It is estimated that out of the two million people who suffer from this condition, there are at least a half a million who use a drug called Humira to find relief.

Humira (adalimumab) is a strong TNF (tumor necrosis factor) blocking drug. Approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration in 1998, this drug increases range of motion, life expectancy, flexibility, and reduces pain. This is accomplished by blocking the inflammation process.

Humira is also used for the treatment of Crhon's disease, which is an inflammatory bowel condition. Studies done by the Mayo Clinic have shown this immunosuppressant to increase the risk for some very serious and at times deadly side effects.

Humira has been known to triple the risk of developing various cancers of the skin, breasts, and the gastrointestinal system. This would include such cancer as lymphoma, which is a cancer of the lymph nodes. Humira has also shown to double the chances of a serious infection such as pneumonia, cellulites, and tuberculosis.

More recent studies are now showing an increase of autoimmune disorders. Humira users are at greater risk for lupus syndrome type disorder. Other side effects are not quite as serious and more common. These include injection site pain or other abnormal site reactions, headaches, rash, Upper and Lower respiratory infections, and sinus infections.

Patients with uncommon allergies, history of heart disease, Hepatitis B, nervous system disorders, or serious infections should discuss these with a doctor prior to taking Humira. Older patients in poorer health who have been on this medication for a longer duration do seem to be at a greater risk for these more severe side effects of Humira and need to be monitored closely.

Other side effects of Humira include weakness, shortness of breath, dry cough, fever, night sweats, chills, chest pain, weight loss, or dizziness. If any of these symptoms are experienced, discontinue use and contact your doctor immediately. You may want to consider cancer screening prior to taking Humira.

Studies have shown the overall risk of a serious life threatening side effect with Humira is small, but due to how widely varied the effects are between patients, doctors and patients need to be fully informed and educated on the possibilities.

One item to mention in regards to the side effects of Humira. You may be entitled to monetary compensation if you or a loved one has suffered from a serious side effect of Humira. You would need to speak to an attorney in regards to your loss and he can evaluate the validity and assist you in determining what recourse you have if any.

Disclaimer - The information presented here should not be interpreted as or substituted for medical advice. Please talk to a qualified professional for more information about Humira.
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