Humira, a TNF inhibitor is used for treating rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, chronic plaque psoriasis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn's disease, and juvenile idiopathic arthritis. It is used for relieving pain and reduction of inflammation in different types of autoimmune diseases. As many other drugs, Humira is also associated with certain negative effects.
Though it has been proved to be helpful for patients suffering from autoimmune illnesses, it is known to cause other problems, including serious ones. This infographic demonstrates the discovery of this drug, its administration for treating diseases and the dangerous side effects that were identified over the years.
HUMIRA stands for HUman Monoclonal Antibody In Rheumatoid Arthritis. It blocks the inflammatory effects of TNF?, resulting in reduced inflammation and pain in patients with autoimmune disorder.
This drug cannot be administered orally, as its active ingredient would be destroyed by the digestive system and so, it is injected subcutaneously. Some patients using Humira, developed a kind of cancer which affects the liver, bone marrow and spleen. This lymphoma can even be fatal.
This condition occurred prominently in young adults and teens who used Humira drug or similar medications. Serious infections that are known to caused by Humira include tuberculosis, pathogenic viruses, bacterial sepsis, bacterial pathogens and fungal infections. Other dangerous side effects include brittle bones, optic neuritis, multiple sclerosis, Transverse Myelitis and neuropathy.