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What is Adalimumab?

Andrew Bellingham

Andrew Bellingham

Pharmacist | 20+ Years | BPharm | Dip Clin Pharm

Adalimumab is a monoclonal antibody, which is used to reduce inflammation for a variety of conditions. It is classified as a biological medicine, meaning that it’s made from substances already produced by the body. 

It is more commonly known by its brand name Humira, and is injected into the body.

What is Adalimumab Used For?

Adalimumab is used to treated a variety of health conditions, reducing the inflammation caused by: 

Common Side Effects - more than 1 in 10 people

Like with taking any medication, taking adalimumab can cause unwanted side effects in the people taking it. Though these are usually mild and tend to go away after a short period of time, it’s important that you consult your doctor or pharmacist should they persist or make you too uncomfortable. 

These side effects include: 

  • Pain and swelling where the injection was given
  • Headaches
  • Stomach aches
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle & bone pain

For a more detailed list of the side effects caused by adalimumab, please visit the official NHS website by clicking here.

Serious Side Effects - less than 1 in 100 people - call 111 now

While serious side effects are rare and affect less than 1 in 100, they can be indicative of a severe underlying problem.

If you’re experiencing any of the following side effects, you should speak to your doctor or call 111 as soon as possible: 

  • Severe Infection: infections with symptoms like high temperature, chills, increased sweating, fatigue, diarrhoea, coughing up blood or mucus, difficulty breathing, urinary problems, skin sores, wounds, or muscle pain
  • Heart Failure: shortness of breath or swelling in ankles/feet
  • Cancer: night sweats, swollen lymph nodes in various body areas, weight loss, skin changes (like lumps or sores), or unexplained severe itchiness
  • Nervous System Issues: numbness, tingling, vision changes, muscle weakness, or unexplained dizziness
  • Blood Disorders: persistent high temperature, easy bruising, or excessive bleeding

For a more detailed list of the side effects caused by adalimumab, please visit the official NHS website by clicking

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If you’ve been prescribed adalimumab by your GP to treat an existing condition, you can place your order online with Healthera through our website or mobile app.

It only takes a couple of minutes to set up your prescription for collection or home delivery from your local pharmacy.

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