Humira Side Effects

Humira is a type of medication that helps to cut down on the inflammatory problems that are caused by a substance named the tumor necrosis factor alpha. Normally used as a treatment for conditions such as plaque psoriasis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, Humira is also used as a last resort treatment for patients with Crohn’s disease.

Common Side Effects

Humira is known to have a number of common side effects through numerous clinical trials. Among the most common are:

  • Skin irritation
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
  • Sinus infection
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Nausea
  • Accidental Injury

During clinical trials, there were also a number of low percentage side effects, these included:

  • High cholesterol
  • Abdominal pain
  • Flu symptoms
  • Back pain
  • High blood pressure
  • Blood in the urine

Severe Side Effects                                       

There are a group of side effects involved with Humira that may indicate a serious issue and should be reported as quickly as possible. These side effects include:

  • Irregular heart beat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Unexplained bruising
  • Symptoms of allergies including skin irritation

Rare Side Effects

In research conducted with Humira, there are a group of rare side effects that impact less than five percent of those taking the drug, these include:

  • Kidney stones
  • Dehydration
  • Arthritis
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle cramps
  • Menstrual problems

Nerve Damage and Vision Problems

There have been a number of reports that have indicated that use of Humira may increase the risk of nerve damage. These include optic neuritis or vision impairment, multiple sclerosis, transverse myelitis and neuropathy. When prescribing a medicine like Humira, there is no way for a health care professional to know the possible side effects that may occur without any previous use.