CellCept vs. Humira

Are CellCept and Humira the Same Thing?

CellCept (mycophenolate mofetil) and Humira (adalimumab) are used to treat sarcoidosis.

CellCept is primarily used to prevent the body from rejecting a kidney, liver, or heart transplant. CellCept is usually given with cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral) and a steroid medication.

Humira primarily used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and plaque psoriasis. Humira is also used to treat Crohn's disease after other drugs have been tried without successful treatment of symptoms.

CellCept and Humira belong to different drug classes. CellCept is an immunosuppressive agent and Humira is an injectable protein (antibody).

Side effects of CellCept and Humira that are similar include headache and stomach pain or upset.

Side effects of CellCept that are different from Humira include constipation, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, gas, tremor, trouble sleeping (insomnia), weakness, swelling in your hands or feet, numbness or tingly feeling, and anxiety.

Side effects of Humira that are different from CellCept include injection site reactions (redness, itching, pain, bruising, swelling, or bleeding), stuffy nose, and sinus pain.

CellCept may interact with cholestyramine, antibiotics, antivirals, and other medicines that weaken the immune system.

Humira may interact with abatacept, etanercept, anakinra, azathioprine, mercaptopurine, certolizumab, golimumab, infliximab, and rituximab.

What Are Possible Side Effects of CellCept?

Side effects of CellCept include:

CellCept may cause side effects, including:

  • constipation,
  • nausea,
  • headache,
  • diarrhea,
  • vomiting,
  • stomach pain or upset,
  • loss of appetite,
  • gas,
  • tremor,
  • trouble sleeping (insomnia),
  • weakness,
  • swelling in your hands or feet,
  • numbness or tingly feeling, or
  • anxiety.

Tell your doctor if you experience unlikely but serious side effects of CellCept including:

  • unusual tiredness,
  • fast or irregular heartbeat,
  • muscle weakness,
  • easy bleeding or bruising,
  • swelling of the feet or ankles,
  • mental/mood changes,
  • weakness on one side of the body, or
  • unusual change in the amount of urine.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Humira?

Common side effects of Humira include:

Common side effects of Humira include:

  • injection site reactions (redness, itching, pain, bruising, swelling, or bleeding),
  • headache,
  • suffy nose,
  • sinus pain, or
  • stomach pain.

Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of Humira including:

  • fast/irregular/pounding heartbeat,
  • stomach pain,
  • blood in the stools,
  • mental/mood changes,
  • severe headache,
  • easy bruising or bleeding,
  • dark urine,
  • yellowing eyes and skin,
  • leg pain or swelling,
  • numbness or tingling of the arms/hands/legs/feet,
  • unsteadiness,
  • unexplained muscle weakness,
  • difficulty with speaking/chewing/swallowing/facial movements,
  • vision changes,
  • extreme fatigue,
  • joint pain, or
  • butterfly-shaped rash on the nose and cheeks.

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What Is CellCept?

CellCept (mycophenolate mofetil) is an immunosuppressive agent used to prevent your body from rejecting a kidney, liver, or heart transplant. CellCept is usually given with cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral) and a steroid medication.

What Is Humira?

Humira (adalimumab) is an injectable protein (antibody) used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and plaque psoriasis. Humira is also used to treat Crohn's disease after other drugs have been tried without successful treatment of symptoms.

What Drugs Interact With CellCept?

CellCept may interact with cholestyramine, antibiotics, acyclovir, ganciclovir, valacyclovir, or other medicines that weaken the immune system. Tell your doctor all medications you use.

What Drugs Interact With Humira?

Humira may interact with azathioprine or mercaptopurine. Asacol may also interact with pentamidine, tacrolimus, amphotericin B, antibiotics, antiviral medicines, cancer medicine, or aspirin or other NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).

Humira may also interact with abatacept, anakinra, infliximab, etanercept, certolizumab pegol, golimumab, or rituximab.

How Should CellCept be Taken?

The dose of CellCept depends on the type of transplant performed.

How Should Humira Be Taken?

Humira is given by an injection under the skin. Your doctor will tell you how often to take an injection of Humira. This is based on your condition to be treated. Do not inject Humira more often than you were prescribed.

Do not try to inject Humira 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 Humira at home, you should receive training on the right way to prepare and inject Humira.

Do not miss any doses of Humira unless your doctor says it is okay. If you forget to take Humira, 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 Humira, call your doctor or pharmacist.

If you take more Humira than you were told to take, call your doctor.

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References
Dailymed. CellCept Product Information

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=23d74606-134c-464c-8323-9cf52bb3c5fa&audience=consumer

Abbvie. Humira Product Monograph.

https://www.humira.com/

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