Humira and Multiple Sclerosis

Humira is a tumor necrosis factor blocker, also referred to as a TNF blocker, that’s approved for treatment with numerous illnesses because of its ability to cut down inflammations within the body. Humira can be used to treat psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, chronic psoriasis, and in more severe stages of Crohn’s disease.

Humira Risk Factors

Although Humira can be used to fight multiple health problems, it has been known to present some level of risk on its own. Using Humira may decrease the immune system’s ability to fight infections, in turn leading to possible health issues. A number of reports have suggested that using Humira can increase the risk of nerve and vision issues, specifically including:

  • Optic Neuritis or Vision Issues
  • Transverse Myelitis
  • Neuropathy
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Multiple Sclerosis    

Although extremely rare, there have been reports of a link between Humira and the development of multiple sclerosis. People are often advised to avoid using Humira if there is a family history of having MS. The first realization of any common symptoms of multiple sclerosis is important, they include:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Loss of balance
  • Blurred vision
  • Weakness in one or more limbs
  • Slurred speech
  • Lack of coordination
  • Cognitive difficulties

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects both the brain and the spinal cord. While MS is more common in women, the disorder can affect both genders. MS is caused by damage to the myelin sheath, which is the protective covering around the nerve cells. When this protective covering is damaged, impulses are slowed down or halted completely. Often times this nerve damage occurs as a result of inflammation, which happens when the body’s immune cells attack the nervous system.

Right now, there is no known cure for multiple sclerosis. However, there are multiple therapies that work to slow the disease. For multiple sclerosis, instead of a cure, the goal of treatment is to minimize symptoms in the process of allowing a normal, routine quality of life. 

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