AMJEVITA™ (am-jeh-vee’-tah)(adalimumab-atto) injection, for subcutaneous use
Read the Medication Guide that comes with AMJEVITA before you start taking it and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This Medication Guide does not take the place of talking with your doctor about your medical condition or treatment.
What is the most important information I should know about AMJEVITA?
AMJEVITA is a medicine that affects your immune system. AMJEVITA can lower the ability of your immune system to fight infections. Serious infections have happened in people taking AMJEVITA. These serious infections include tuberculosis (TB) and infections caused by viruses, fungi or bacteria that have spread throughout the body.
Some people have died from these infections.
• Your doctor should test you for TB before starting AMJEVITA.
• Your doctor should check you closely for signs and symptoms of TB during treatment with AMJEVITA. You should not start taking AMJEVITA if you have any kind of infection unless your doctor says it is okay.
Before starting AMJEVITA, tell your doctor if you:
• think you have an infection or have symptoms of infection such as:
– fever, sweats, or chills.
– diarrhea or stomach pain.
– muscle aches.
– burning when you urinate or urinate more often.
– than normal.
– shortness of breath.
– feeling tired.
– blood in phlegm.
– weight loss.
– warm, red, or painful skin or sores on your body.
• are being treated for an infection.
• get a lot of infections or have infections that keep coming back.
• have diabetes.
• have TB, or have been in close contact with someone with TB.
• were born in, lived in, or traveled to countries where there is more risk for getting TB. Ask your doctor if you are not sure.
• live or have lived in certain parts of the country (such as the Ohio and Mississippi River valleys) where there is an increased risk for getting certain kinds of fungal infections (histoplasmosis, coccidioidomycosis, or blastomycosis). These infections may happen or become more severe if you use AMJEVITA. Ask your doctor if
you do not know if you have lived in an area where these infections are common.
• have or have had hepatitis B.
• use the medicine ORENCIA® (abatacept), KINERET® (anakinra), RITUXAN® (rituximab), IMURAN®(azathioprine), or PURINETHOL® (6-mercaptopurine, 6-MP).
• are scheduled to have major surgery.
After starting AMJEVITA, call your doctor right away if you have an infection, or any sign of an infection. AMJEVITA can make you more likely to get infections or make any infection that you mayhave worse.
• For children and adults taking Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF)-blockers, including AMJEVITA, the chances of getting cancer may increase.
• There have been cases of unusual cancers in children, teenagers, and young adults using TNF-blockers.
• People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), especially more serious RA, may have a higher chance for getting a kind of cancer called lymphoma.
• If you use TNF-blockers including AMJEVITA your chance of getting two types of skin cancer may increase (basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer of the skin). These types of cancer are generally not life-threatening if treated. Tell your doctor if you have a bump or open sore that does not heal.
• Some people receiving TNF-blockers including AMJEVITA developed a rare type of cancer called hepatosplenic
T-cell lymphoma. This type of cancer often results in death. Most of these people were male teenagers or young men. Also, most people were being treated for Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis with another medicine called IMURAN®
®(6-mercaptopurine, 6-MP).(azathioprine) or PURINETHOL
See “What are the possible side effects of AMJEVITA?”
What is AMJEVITA?
AMJEVITA is a medicine called a Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF)-blocker. AMJEVITA isused:
• To reduce the signs and symptoms of:
– moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in adults. AMJEVITA can be used alone, with methotrexate, or with certain other medicines.
– moderate to severe polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) in children 4 years and older. AMJEVITA can be used alone, with methotrexate, or with certain other medicines.
– psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in adults. AMJEVITA can be used alone or with certain other medicines. oankylosing spondylitis (AS) in adults.
– moderate to severe Crohn’s disease (CD) in adults when other treatments have not worked well enough.
• In adults, to help get moderate to severe ulcerative colitis (UC) under control (induce remission) and keep it under control (sustain remission) when certain other medicines have not worked well enough. It is not known if
AMJEVITA is effective in people who stopped responding to or could not tolerate TNF-blocker medicines.
• To treat moderate to severe chronic (lasting a long time) plaque psoriasis (Ps) in adults who have the condition in many areas of their body and who may benefit from taking injections or pills (systemic therapy) or phototherapy (treatment using ultraviolet light alone or with pills).
What should I tell my doctor before taking AMJEVITA?
AMJEVITA may not be right for you. Before starting AMJEVITA, tell your doctor about all of your health conditions, including if you:
• have an infection. See “What is the most important information I should know about AMJEVITA?”
• have or have had cancer.
• have any numbness or tingling or have a disease that affects your nervous system such as multiple sclerosis or Guillain-Barré syndrome.
• have or had heart failure.
• have recently received or are scheduled to receive a vaccine. You may receive vaccines, except for live vaccines while using AMJEVITA. Children should be broughtup to date with all vaccines before starting AMJEVITA.
• are allergic to rubber or latex. The needle cover on the prefilled syringe contains dry natural rubber. Tell your doctor if you have any allergies to rubber or latex.
• are allergic to AMJEVITA or to any of its ingredients. See the end of this Medication Guide for a list of ingredients in AMJEVITA.
• are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if AMJEVITA will harm your unborn baby. AMJEVITA should only be used during a pregnancy if needed.
• have a baby and you were using AMJEVITA during your pregnancy. Tell your baby’s doctor before your baby receives any vaccines.
• are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. You and your doctor should decide if you will breastfeed or use AMJEVITA. You should not do both.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Especially tell your doctor if you use:
• ORENCIA® (abatacept), KINERET® (anakinra), REMICADE® (infliximab), ENBREL® (etanercept), CIMZIA®(certolizumab pegol) or SIMPONI® (golimumab), because you should not use AMJEVITA while you are also taking one of these medicines.
• RITUXAN® (rituximab). Your doctor may not want to give you AMJEVITA if you have received RITUXAN® (rituximab) recently.
• IMURAN® (azathioprine) or PURINETHOL® (6-mercaptopurine, 6-MP).
Keep a list of your medicines with you to show your doctor and pharmacist each time you get a new medicine.
How should I take AMJEVITA?
• AMJEVITA is given by an injection under the skin. Your doctor will tell you how often totake an injection of AMJEVITA. This is based on your condition to be treated. Do not inject AMJEVITA more often than you were prescribed.
• See the Instructions for Use inside the carton for complete instructions for the right way to prepare and inject AMJEVITA.
• Make sure you have been shown how to inject AMJEVITA before you do it yourself. You can call your doctor or1-800-77-AMGEN (1-800-772-6436) if you have any questions about giving yourself an injection. Someone you know can also help you with your injection after they have been shown how to prepare and inject AMJEVITA.
• Do not try to inject AMJEVITA yourself until you have been shown the right way to give the injections. If your doctor decides that you or a caregiver may be able to give your injections of AMJEVITA at home, you should receive training on the right way to prepare and inject AMJEVITA.
• Do not miss any doses of AMJEVITA unless your doctor says it is okay. If you forget to take AMJEVITA, inject a dose as soon as you remember. Then, take your next dose at your regular scheduled time. This will put you back on schedule. In case you are not sure when to inject AMJEVITA, call your doctor or pharmacist.
• If you take more AMJEVITA than you were told to take, call your doctor.
What are the possible side effects of AMJEVITA?
AMJEVITA can cause serious side effects, including:
See “What is the most important information I should know about AMJEVITA?”
• Serious Infections. Your doctor will examine you for TB and perform a test to see if you have TB. If your doctor feels that you are at risk for TB, you may be treated with medicine for TB before you begin treatment with AMJEVITA and during treatment with AMJEVITA. Even if your TB test isnegative your doctor should carefully monitor you for TB infections while you are taking AMJEVITA. People who had a negative TB skin test before receiving AMJEVITA have developed active TB. Tell your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms while taking or after taking AMJEVITA:
– cough that does not go away.
– weight loss.
– low grade fever.
– loss of body fat and muscle (wasting).
• Hepatitis B infection in people who carry the virus in their blood. If you are a carrier of the hepatitis B virus (a virus that affects the liver), the virus can become active while you use AMJEVITA. Your doctor should do blood tests
before you start treatment, while you are using AMJEVITA, and for several months after you stop treatment with AMJEVITA. Tell your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms of a possible hepatitis B infection:
– muscle aches.
– clay-colored bowel movements.
– feeling very tired.
– dark urine.
– skin or eyes look yellow.
– stomach discomfort.
– little or no appetite.
– skin rash.
• Allergic reactions. Allergic reactions can happen in people who use AMJEVITA. Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of these symptoms of a serious allergic reaction:
– swelling of your face, eyes, lips or mouth.
– trouble breathing.
• Nervous system problems. Signs and symptoms of a nervous system problem include: numbness or tingling, problems with your vision, weakness in your arms or legs, and dizziness.
• Blood problems. Your body may not make enough of the blood cells that help fight infections or help to stop bleeding. Symptoms include a fever that does not go away, bruising or bleeding very easily, or looking very pale.
• New heart failure or worsening of heart failure you already have. Call your doctor right away if you get new or worsening symptoms of heart failure while taking AMJEVITA, including:
– shortness of breath.
– swelling of your ankles or feet.
– sudden weight gain.
• Immune reactions including a lupus-like syndrome. Symptoms include chest discomfort or pain that does not go away, shortness of breath, joint pain, or a rash on your cheeks or arms that gets worse in the sun. Symptoms may improve when you stop AMJEVITA.
• Liver problems. Liver problems can happen in people who use TNF-blocker medicines. These problems can lead to liver failure and death. Call your doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms:
– feeling very tired.
– skin or eyes look yellow.
– poor appetite or vomiting.
– pain on the right side of your stomach (abdomen).
• Psoriasis. Some people using AMJEVITA had new psoriasis or worsening of psoriasis they already had. Tell your doctor if you develop red scaly patches or raised bumps that arefilled with pus. Your doctor may decide to stop your treatment with AMJEVITA.
Call your doctor or get medical care right away if you develop any of the above symptoms. Your treatment with AMJEVITA may be stopped.
Common side effects with AMJEVITA include:
• injection site reactions: redness, rash, swelling, itching, or bruising. These symptoms usually will go away within a few days. Call your doctor right away if you have pain, redness or swelling around the injection site that does not go away within a few days or gets worse.
• upper respiratory infections (including sinus infections).
These are not all the possible side effects with AMJEVITA. Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
How should I store AMJEVITA?
• Store AMJEVITA in the refrigerator at 36ºF to 46ºF (2ºC to 8ºC). Store AMJEVITA in the original carton until use to protect it from light.
• Do not freeze AMJEVITA. Do not use AMJEVITA if frozen, even if it has been thawed.
• Refrigerated AMJEVITA may be used until the expiration date printed on the AMJEVITA carton, dose tray, prefilled auto injector or prefilled syringe. Do not use AMJEVITA after the expirationdate.
• Record the date you first remove AMJEVITA from the refrigerator in the space provided on the carton.
• When traveling, AMJEVITA may be stored at room temperature up to 77°F (25°C) for up to 14 days. Store AMJEVITA in the original carton until use to protect it from light.
• Throw away AMJEVITA if it has been kept at room temperature and not been used within 14 days.
• Do not store AMJEVITA in extreme heat or cold.
• Do not use a prefilled auto injector or prefilled syringe if the liquid is cloudy, discolored, or has flakes or particles in it.
• The AMJEVITA prefilled syringe is made of glass. Do not drop or crush the AMJEVITA syringe.
Keep AMJEVITA, injection supplies, and all other medicines out of the reach of children.
General information about the safe and effective use of AMJEVITA
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use AMJEVITA for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give AMJEVITA to other people, even if they have the same condition. It may harm them.
This Medication Guide summarizes the most important information about AMJEVITA. If youwould like more information, talk with your doctor. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for information about AMJEVITA that is written for health professionals.
For more information call 1-800-77-AMGEN (1-800-772-6436).
What are the ingredients in AMJEVITA?
Active ingredient: adalimumab-atto
Inactive ingredients: glacial acetic acid, sucrose, polysorbate 80, and Water for Injection. Sodium hydroxide is added as necessary to adjust the pH to 5.2.