Humira and Neuropathy

Humira is an inhibitor of tumor necrosis factor or TNF. TNF is a type of substance that works to increase inflammation throughout the body. Humira is able to prevent cases of inflammation by blocking the action of the tumor necrosis factor, usually cutting down on related health risks.

Used for a bevy of different health issues, Humira is usually taken for the following conditions:

  • Plaque psoriasis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Crohn’s disease

What you should know

Humira has gained some attention in recent years because it has been a subject in relation to multiple health issues. While none of these issues are particularly common, the risk is still present. Individuals who begin to take Humira should be monitored so that any of the negative side effects can be avoided.

Using Humira could lead to potentially fatal side effects/health issues, including:

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Transverse Myelitis
  • Neuropathy

Neuropathy

Neuropathy is a collection of disorders that take place when the nerves of the peripheral nervous system are damaged; this involves the section of the nervous system that is outside of the brain and spinal cord. Usually referred to as peripheral neuropathy, it is normally caused by damage to the nerve axons. Neuropathy has a long list of debilitating symptoms and side effects. It’s important to be aware of all or some of the following when using Humira:

  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Loss of sensation
  • Movement difficulty
  • Indigestion or nausea
  • Urination problems
  • Weakness
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Erectile dysfunction in men or vaginal dryness in women
  • Lowered blood pressure

It’s important to remember that neuropathy can affect different areas of the body, even though limbs are the most common. Some other debilitating types of neuropathy include the autonomic areas, the hip and thigh region, as well as the focal areas such as eyes and facial muscles.

When it comes to cases relating the use of Humira to the development of Neuropathy, symptoms usually occur early after the introduction of treatment. Because of the different cases of nerve damage resulting from Humira use, it is crucial that an evaluation of the medication take place if symptoms occur. 

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