WHY IS THIS MEDICATION PRESCRIBED?
Exemptia 40mg Prefilled Syringe ( Generic name: Adalimumab 40mg Prefilled Syringe) is used alone or with other medications to relieve the symptoms of certain autoimmune disorders such as:
- rheumatoid arthritis (a condition in which the body attacks its own joints, causing pain, swelling, and loss of function) in adults,
- juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA; a condition that affects children in which the body attacks its own joints, causing pain, swelling, loss of function, and delays in growth and development) in children 2 years of age and older,
- Crohn’s disease (a condition in which the body attacks the lining of the digestive tract, causing pain, diarrhea, weight loss, and fever) that has not improved when treated with other medications in adults and children 6 years of age and older,
- ulcerative colitis (a condition which causes swelling and sores in the lining of the colon [large intestine] and rectum) when other medications and treatments did not help or could not be tolerated in adults and children 5 years of age and older,
- ankylosing spondylitis (a condition in which the body attacks the joints of the spine and other areas causing pain and joint damage) in adults,
- psoriatic arthritis (a condition that causes joint pain and swelling and scales on the skin) in adults,
- hidradenitis suppurativa (a skin disease that causes pimple-like bumps in the armpits, groin, and anal area) in adults and children 12 years of age and older,
- uveitis (swelling and inflammation of different areas of the eye) in adults and children 2 years of age and older,
- chronic plaque psoriasis (a skin disease in which red, scaly patches form on some areas of the body) in adults.
WHAT IS EXEMPTIA 40MG Prefilled Syringe? :- This medication is a brand name for Adalimumab 40MG Prefilled Syringe which is in a class of medications called tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors. It works by blocking the action of TNF, a substance in the body that causes inflammation. Adalimumab 40MG prefilled syringe is a type of drug known as a biological therapy.
RECOMMENDED WAYS TO USE :-
- Exemptia 40MG Prefilled Syringe is a medication your doctor will tell you how often to use based on your condition and age.
- To help you remember when to use Exemptia 40MG Prefilled Syringe, mark the days you are scheduled to use it on your calendar. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor to explain any part you do not understand. Use this medication exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than you have been told by your doctor.
- Before using Exemptia 40mg Prefilled Syringe yourself the first time, read the written instructions that come with it. Should you have any further questions, ask your doctor.
- Use each syringe only once and all the solution in the syringe. Even if there is still some solution left in the syringe after using, do not use again. Dispose of used syringes in a puncture-resistant container. Talk to your doctor about how to dispose of the puncture-resistant container.
- If you are using an Exemptia 40MG Prefilled Syringe that has been refrigerated, place the syringe on a flat surface without removing the cap and allow it warm to room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes before you are ready to use the medication. Do not try to warm the medication by heating it in a microwave, placing it in hot water, or through any other method.
- Be careful not to drop or crush the prefilled syringes as they may break.
- You can use Exemptia 40MG Prefilled Syringe anywhere on the front of your thighs or stomach except your navel and the area 2 inches (5 centimeters) around it. To reduce the chances of soreness or redness, use a different site for each syringe. Space each use at least 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) away from a spot that you have already used. Keep a list of the places where you have already used so that you will not re-use in these places again. Do not use in an area where the skin is tender, bruised, red, or hard or where you have scars or stretch marks.
- Always look at any syringe before using it. Check that the expiration date has not passed, that the syringe contains the correct amount of liquid, and that the liquid is clear and colorless. Do not use any syringe if it is expired, if it does not contain the correct amount of liquid, or if the liquid is cloudy or contains flakes.
WHAT SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS SHOULD I FOLLOW? :-
Before using Exemptia 40mg Prefilled Syringe:
- tell your doctor if you are allergic to adalimumab and any other medications, or any of the ingredients in Exemptia 40mg Prefilled Syringe. Check the Medication Guide for a list of the ingredients. If you will be using the prefilled syringe, be aware of whether or not you are allergic to latex or rubber.
- tell your doctor what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention the medications listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING section and any of the following: cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune), theophylline (Elixophyllin,Theo 24, Theochron), or warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven). Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you for side effects.
- tell your doctor if you have or have ever had numbness or tingling in any part of your body, any disease that affects your nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis (a disease in which the nerves do not function properly causing weakness, numbness, loss of muscle coordination and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control), Guillain-Barré syndrome (weakness, tingling, and possible paralysis due to sudden nerve damage), or optic neuritis (inflammation of the nerve that sends messages from the eye to the brain); any type of cancer, diabetes, heart failure, or heart disease. If you have psoriasis, tell your doctor if you have been treated with light therapy.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while using Exemptia 40mg, consult with your doctor.
- if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using Exemptia 40mg.
- do not have any vaccinations without first talking to your doctor.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I FORGET A DOSE?:- use the missed dose as soon as you remember it. Then use the next dose on your regularly scheduled day. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not use a double dose to make up for a missed one.
WHAT SIDE EFFECTS CAN THIS MEDICATION CAUSE?:- Exemptia 40mg Prefilled Syringe (Other Brand Name: Humira and others), may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- redness, itching, bruising, pain, or swelling in the site where the medication was used
- back pain
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately or seek help:
- numbness or tingling
- problems with vision
- weakness in legs
- chest pain
- shortness of breath
- rash, especially a rash on the cheeks or arms that is sensitive to sunlight
- new joint pain
- swelling of the face, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- fever, sore throat, chills, and other signs of infection
- unusual bruising or bleeding
- pale skin
- red, scaly patches or pus-filled bumps on the skin
Talk to your doctor about the risks of receiving this medication. Also call your doctor if you experience anything unusual that is not listed here.
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT STORAGE AND DISPOSAL OF THIS MEDICATION?:-
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it in the refrigerator and protect it from light. Exemptia 40 mg may also be stored at room temperature (up to 77°F [25°C]) for up to 14 days and protected from light. If the medication is stored at room temperature for more than 14 days and it is not used, it must be disposed. Do not freeze it. Dispose of any medication that has been frozen.
Unneeded medications should be disposed of in special ways to ensure that pets, children, and other people cannot consume them. However, you should not flush this medication down the toilet. Instead, the best way to dispose of your medication is through a medicine take-back program. Talk to your local pharmacist or contact your garbage/recycling department to learn about take-back programs in your community. See the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website for more information if you do not have access to a take-back program.
It is important to keep all medication out of sight and reach of children as many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and young children can open them easily. To protect young children from poisoning, always lock safety caps and immediately place the medication in a safe location – one that is up and away and out of their sight and reach.