Adalimumab Prefilled Pens and Syringes

Name: Adalimumab Prefilled Pens and Syringes

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Adalimumab Prefilled Pens and Syringes?

  • If you have an allergy to adalimumab or any other part of this medicine.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you are taking any of these drugs: Abatacept or anakinra.
  • If you are using another drug like this one.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this medicine (adalimumab prefilled pens and syringes).

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this medicine with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Adalimumab Prefilled Pens and Syringes?

  • 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 a 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.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. 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.

How do I store and/or throw out Adalimumab Prefilled Pens and Syringes?

  • Store in a refrigerator. Do not freeze.
  • Do not use if it has been frozen.
  • Store in the original container or in another container that protects this medicine from light.
  • Protect from heat.
  • If needed, you may store at room temperature for up to 14 days. Write down the date you take this medicine (adalimumab prefilled pens and syringes) out of the refrigerator. If stored at room temperature and not used within 14 days, throw this medicine away.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • This medicine comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time this medicine (adalimumab prefilled pens and syringes) is refilled. If you have any questions about this medicine, please talk with the doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Review Date: October 4, 2017

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