Taking adalimumab can make it more difficult for your body to fight infections. Therefore, people with active infections should not take this medication. If you have a fever, think you may have an infection or have been prescribed an antibiotic, contact your health-care provider. People who have had frequent infections in the past or a history of tuberculosis should discuss the use of adalimumab with their health-care provider.
Also contact your health-care provider if you are having surgery as you may need to stop adalimumab until you are healed and there is no sign of infection.
Adalimumab has not been studied in pregnant women or nursing mothers so its effect(s) on pregnant women or nursing babies are unknown. You should tell your doctor if you are pregnant, or are planning to become pregnant. Because of the potential for adverse reactions in nursing infants, a decision should be made with your health-care provider on whether or not to discontinue nursing or the medication, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother. Breastfeeding is not recommended for at least five months after the last adalimumab treatment.
Those who have had a previous allergic reaction to adalimumab should avoid the medication.
Anyone with a history of cancer or nervous system problems, such as multiple sclerosis, should discuss the use of adalimumab with their health-care provider.
Adalimumab may make a condition called congestive heart failure worse. Tell your doctor if you have congestive heart failure.
Ideally, your vaccinations should be up to date prior to starting adalimumab. If you have already started therapy with adalimumab, your health-care provider will likely recommend most inactive vaccines (e.g., influenza, pneumococcal). Live vaccines are not recommended due to risk of causing infection. Before receiving any vaccinations while taking adalimumab, you should speak with your health-care provider.