Each 0.4 ml single dose pre-filled pen contains 40 mg of adalimumab. Adalimumab is a recombinant human monoclonal antibody produced in Chinese Hamster Ovary cells. Humira in combination with methotrexate, is indicated for: ▪ the treatment of moderate to severe, active rheumatoid arthritis in adult patients when the response to disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs including methotrexate has been inadequate. ▪ the treatment of severe, active and progressive rheumatoid arthritis in adults not previously treated with methotrexate. Humira can be given as monotherapy in case of intolerance to methotrexate or when continued treatment with methotrexate is inappropriate. Humira has been shown to reduce the rate of progression of joint damage as measured by X-ray and to improve physical function, when given in combination with methotrexate. Polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis Humira in combination with methotrexate is indicated for the treatment of active polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis, in patients from the age of 2 years who have had an inadequate response to one or more disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs). Humira can be given as monotherapy in case of intolerance to methotrexate or when continued treatment with methotrexate is inappropriate (for the efficacy in monotherapy see section 5.1). Reduction of cardiovascular mortality and morbidity in patients with a history of myocardial infarction or unstable angina pectoris and with either normal or increased cholesterol levels, as an adjunct to correction of other risk factors (see section 5.1). Prior to initiating Pravastatin Tablets, secondary causes of hypercholesterolaemia should be excluded and patients should be placed on a standard lipid-lowering diet, which should be continued during treatment. Hypercholesterolaemia: The recommended dose range is 10 - 40 mg once daily. The therapeutic response is seen within a week and the full effect of a given dose occurs within four weeks, therefore periodic lipid determinations should be performed and the dosage adjusted accordingly. Dosage after transplantation: Following organ transplantation a starting dose of 20 mg per day is recommended in patients receiving immunosuppressive therapy (see section 4.5). Depending on the response of the lipid parameters, the dose may be adjusted up to 40 mg under close medical supervision (see section 4.5). Children and adolescents (8-18 years of age) with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia: The recommended dose range is 10 20 mg once daily between 8 and 13 years of age as doses greater than 20 mg have not been studied in this population and 10- 40 mg daily between 14 and 18 years of age (for children and adolescent females of child bearing potential see section 4.6; for results of the study see section 5.1). Renal or hepatic impairment: A starting dose of 10 mg a day is recommended in patients with moderate or severe renal impairment or significant hepatic impairment.
Day 1: 10 mg PO before breakfast, 5 mg after lunch and after dinner, and 10 mg at bedtime Day 2: 5 mg PO before breakfast, after lunch, and after dinner and 10 mg at bedtime Day 3: 5 mg PO before breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and at bedtime Day 4: 5 mg PO before breakfast, after lunch, and at bedtime Day 5: 5 mg PO before breakfast and at bedtime Day 6: 5 mg PO before breakfast Immediate-release: ≤10 mg/day PO added to disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) Delayed-release: 5 mg/day PO initially; maintenance: lowest dosage that maintains clinical response; may be taken at bedtime to decrease morning stiffness with rheumatoid arthritis Take with meal or snack High-dose glucocorticoids may cause insomnia; immediate-release formulation is typically administered in morning to coincide with circadian rhythm Delayed-release formulation takes about 4 hours to release active substances; thus, with this formulation, timing of dose should take into account delayed-release pharmacokinetics and disease or condition being treated (eg, may be taken at bedtime to decrease morning stiffness with rheumatoid arthritis) Allergic: Anaphylaxis, angioedema Cardiovascular: Bradycardia, cardiac arrest, cardiac arrhythmias, cardiac enlargement, circulatory collapse, congestive heart failure, fat embolism, hypertension, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in premature infants, myocardial rupture after recent myocardial infarction, pulmonary edema, syncope, tachycardia, thromboembolism, thrombophlebitis, vasculitis Dermatologic: Acne, allergic dermatitis, cutaneous and subcutaneous atrophy, dry scalp, edema, facial erythema, hyper- or hypopigmentation, impaired wound healing, increased sweating, petechiae and ecchymoses, rash, sterile abscess, striae, suppressed reactions to skin tests, thin fragile skin, thinning scalp hair, urticaria Endocrine: Abnormal fat deposits, decreased carbohydrate tolerance, development of cushingoid state, hirsutism, manifestations of latent diabetes mellitus and increased requirements for insulin or oral hypoglycemic agents in diabetics, menstrual irregularities, moon facies, secondary adrenocortical and pituitary unresponsiveness (particularly in times of stress, as in trauma, surgery, or illness), suppression of growth in children Fluid and electrolyte disturbances: Fluid retention, potassium loss, hypertension, hypokalemic alkalosis, sodium retention Gastrointestinal: Abdominal distention, elevation of serum liver enzymes levels (usually reversible upon discontinuance), hepatomegaly, hiccups, malaise, nausea, pancreatitis, peptic ulcer with possible perforation and hemorrhage, ulcerative esophagitis General: Increased appetite and weight gain Metabolic: Negative nitrogen balance due to protein catabolism Musculoskeletal: Osteonecrosis of femoral and humeral heads, Charcot-like arthropathy, loss of muscle mass, muscle weakness, osteoporosis, pathologic fracture of long bones, steroid myopathy, tendon rupture, vertebral compression fractures Neurologic: Arachnoiditis, convulsions, depression, emotional instability, euphoria, headache, increased intracranial pressure with papilledema (pseudotumor cerebri; usually following discontinuance of treatment), insomnia, meningitis, mood swings, neuritis, neuropathy, paraparesis/paraplegia, paresthesia, personality changes, sensory disturbances, vertigo Ophthalmic: Exophthalmos, glaucoma, increased intraocular pressure, posterior subcapsular cataracts, central serous chorioretinopathy Reproductive: Alteration in motility and number of spermatozoa Untreated serious infections Documented hypersensitivity Varicella Administration of live or attenuated live vaccine (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) state that administration of live virus vaccines usually is not contraindicated in patients receiving corticosteroid therapy as short-term ( Monitor for hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis suppression, Cushing syndrome, and hyperglycemia Prolonged use associated with increased risk of infection; monitor Use with caution in cirrhosis, ocular herpes simplex, hypertension, diverticulitis, hypothyroidism, myasthenia gravis, peptic ulcer disease, osteoporosis, ulcerative colitis, psychotic tendencies, renal insufficiency, pregnancy, diabetes mellitus, congestive heart failure, thromboembolic disorders, GI disorders Long-term treatment associated with increased risk of osteoporosis, myopathy, delayed wound healing Patients receiving corticosteroids should avoid chickenpox or measles-infected persons if unvaccinated Latent tuberculosis may be reactivated (patients with positive tuberculin test should be monitored) Some suggestion (not fully substantiated) of slightly increased cleft palate risk if corticosteroids are used in pregnancy Methylprednisolone is preferred in hepatic impairment because prednisone must be converted to prednisolone in liver Prolonged corticosteroid use may result in elevated intraocular pressure, glaucoma, or cataracts May cause impairment of mineralocorticoid secretion; administer mineralocorticoid concomitantly May cause psychiatric disturbances; monitor for behavioral and mood changes; may exacerbate pre-existing psychiatric conditions Monitor for Kaposi sarcoma Pregnancy category: C (immediate release); D (delayed release) Drug may cause fetal harm and decreased birth weight; maternal corticosteroid use during first trimester increases incidence of cleft lip with or without cleft palate Lactation: Of maternal serum metabolites, 5-25% are found in breast milk; not recommended, or, if benefit outweighs risk, use lowest dose Glucocorticosteroid; elicits mild mineralocorticoid activity and moderate anti-inflammatory effects; controls or prevents inflammation by controlling rate of protein synthesis, suppressing migration of polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNs) and fibroblasts, reversing capillary permeability, and stabilizing lysosomes at cellular level; in physiologic doses, corticosteroids are administered to replace deficient endogenous hormones; in larger (pharmacologic) doses, they decrease inflammation The above information is provided for general informational and educational purposes only. Individual plans may vary and formulary information changes. Contact the applicable plan provider for the most current information. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. Prednisone is used as an anti-inflammatory or an immunosuppressant medication. Prednisone treats many different conditions such as allergic disorders, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, or breathing disorders. Prednisone treats many different conditions such as allergic disorders, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, or breathing disorders. You should avoid taking prednisone if you have a fungal infection that requires oral antifungals. Topical antifungals may not be an issue, but always let your doctor know what medicines you’re taking before starting Prednisone. Steroid medication can weaken your immune system, making it easier for you to get an infection. Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections.
Are you just doing a cycle of prednisone or are you on it long term? It's a very powerful medication. I've obly done the temporary thing where. Acute Asthma. 40-60 mg/day PO in single daily dose or divided q12hr for 3-10 days