Humira is a medication that was designed to cut down the inflammatory effects caused by a substance named the tumor necrosis factor alpha. Humira is regularly used as a treatment for conditions such as ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, plaque psoriasis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. It has recently been used as a last resort option for patients with Crohn’s Disease.
Potential Side Effects
Using Humira has been known to lead to a handful of different side effects. This includes a heightened risk of getting some kinds of cancers and autoimmune disorders. Humira presents some risk because it could possibly lower the body’s ability to fight infection, and take down the blood cell count. This would mean a risk of increased bleeding anytime an injury may occur. It also allows for an infection to spread faster than normal. The potential major risks include:
- Vision Impairment or Optic Neuritis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Transverse Myelitis
Certainly taking Humira and using it as treatment could lead to serious or deadly infection. There are a number of common symptoms for these infections to be aware of, including:
- Shortness of breath
What to know
Humira received a black box warning from the Food and Drug Administration which revealed that the drugs could possibly lead to fungal infections, tuberculosis, as well as some other possibly fatal infections. The warning also mentioned that if you have an infection such as the flu or an open sore, you should not begin using Humira.
Humira lawsuits are currently being reviewed and evaluated for potential. Although these lawsuits are currently under review, the drug maker certainly could’ve allowed for better warning of the possible risk of nerve damage resulting from Humira use. Patients who have experienced some of these dangerous side effects may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the makers of Humira, Abbott Pharmaceuticals.
People may have had loved ones pass away with complications relating to the use of Humira. The families of these victims may also be able to file a lawsuit against Abbott Pharmaceuticals. In some cases, monetary compensation may be available as a result of their loss.