Adalimumab During Pregnancy: Side Effects and Risks

Adalimumab is an antibody that binds to TNF-alpha and interferes with its interaction with cell surface receptors. This product is marketed as Humira for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease.According to information submitted to the FDA, no adverse effects were noted in the offspring of monkeys treated with up to 100 mg/kg each week. This dose is at least 266 times the recommended human dose based on plasma concentrations.When a comparable antibody to mouse TNF alpha was administered to pregnant mice, there were no adverse effects on fetal survival or morphologic development (8). There were no adverse effects on immune function in the offspring except an inconsistent decrease in splenic cell expansion in females but not males (9). This observation may not be clinically important.

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