What is Hulio?
Hulio is a medicine called a Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) blocker. Hulio is used:
- To reduce the signs and symptoms of:
- moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in adults. Hulio 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. Hulio can be used alone, with methotrexate, or with certain other medicines.
- psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in adults. Hulio can be used alone or with certain other medicines.
- ankylosing 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 adalimumab products are 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 is the most important information I should know about Hulio?
Hulio is a medicine that affects your immune system. Hulio can lower the ability of your immune system to fight infections. Serious infections have happened in people taking adalimumab products. 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 healthcare provider should test you for TB before starting Hulio.
- Your healthcare provider should check you closely for signs and symptoms of TB during treatment with Hulio.
You should not start taking Hulio if you have any kind of infection unless your healthcare provider says it is okay.
Before starting Hulio, tell your healthcare provider if you:
- think you have an infection or have symptoms of infection such as:
- fever, sweats, or chills
- muscle aches
- shortness of breath
- blood in phlegm
- warm, red, or painful skin or sores on your body
- diarrhea or stomach pain
- burning when you urinate or urinate more often than normal
- feel very tired
- weight loss
- 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 healthcare provider 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 Hulio. Ask your healthcare provider 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 Hulio, call your healthcare provider right away if you have an infection, or any sign of an infection. Hulio can make you more likely to get infections or make any infection that you may have worse.
- For children and adults taking TNF-blockers, including Hulio, 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 Hulio 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 healthcare provider if you have a bump or open sore that does not heal.
- Some people receiving TNF-blockers including Hulio 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 (azathioprine) or Purinethol (6-mercaptopurine, 6–MP).
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking Hulio?
Hulio may not be right for you. Before starting Hulio, tell your healthcare provider about all of your health conditions, including if you:
- have an infection. See “What is the most important information I should know about Hulio?”
- 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 Hulio. Children should be brought up to date with all vaccines before starting Hulio.
- are allergic to Hulio or to any of its ingredients. See the end of this Medication Guide for a list of ingredients in Hulio.
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you should take Hulio while you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- have a baby and you were using Hulio during your pregnancy. Tell your baby’s healthcare provider before your baby receives any vaccines.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your healthcare provider if you use:
- Orencia (abatacept), Kineret (anakinra), Remicade (infliximab), Enbrel(etanercept), Cimzia (certolizumab pegol) or Simponi (golimumab), because you should not use Hulio while you are also using one of these medicines.
- Rituxan (rituximab). Your healthcare provider may not want to give you Hulio 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 healthcare provider and pharmacist each time you get a new medicine.
How should I take Hulio?
- Hulio is given by an injection under the skin. Your healthcare provider will tell you how often to take an injection of Hulio. This is based on your condition to be treated. Do not inject Hulio 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 Hulio.
- Make sure you have been shown how to inject Hulio before you do it yourself. You can call your healthcare provider or 1-800-796-9526 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 Hulio.
- Do not try to inject Hulio yourself until you have been shown the right way to give the injections. If your healthcare provider decides that you or a caregiver may be able to give your injections of Hulio at home, you should receive training on the right way to prepare and inject Hulio.
- Do not miss any doses of Hulio unless your healthcare provider says it is okay. If you forget to take Hulio, 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 Hulio, call your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
- If you take more Hulio than you were told to take, call your healthcare provider.
What are the possible side effects of Hulio?
Hulio can cause serious side effects, including:
See “What is the most important information I should know about Hulio?”
- Serious Infections. Your healthcare provider will examine you for TB and perform a test to see if you have TB. If your healthcare provider feels that you are at risk for TB, you may be treated with medicine for TB before you begin treatment with Hulio and during treatment with Hulio. Even if your TB test is negative your healthcare provider should carefully monitor you for TB infections while you are taking Hulio. People who had a negative TB skin test before receiving adalimumab products have developed active TB. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any of the following symptoms while taking or after taking Hulio:
- 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 Hulio. Your healthcare provider should do blood tests before you start treatment, while you are using Hulio, and for several months after you stop treatment with Hulio. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any of the following symptoms of a possible hepatitis B infection:
- muscle aches
- clay-colored bowel movements
- feel 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 Hulio. Call your healthcare provider 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 healthcare provider right away if you get new worsening symptoms of heart failure while taking Hulio, 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 Hulio.
- Liver Problems. Liver problems can happen in people who use TNF-blocker medicines. These problems can lead to liver failure and death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms:
- feel very tired
- skin or eyes look yellow
- poor appetite or vomiting
- pain on the right side of your stomach (abdomen)
- Psoriasis. Some people using adalimumab products had new psoriasis or worsening of psoriasis they already had. Tell your healthcare provider if you develop red scaly patches or raised bumps that are filled with pus. Your healthcare provider may decide to stop your treatment with Hulio.
Call your healthcare provider or get medical care right away if you develop any of the above symptoms. Your treatment with Hulio may be stopped.
Common side effects with Hulio include:
- injection site reactions: redness, rash, swelling, itching, or bruising. These symptoms usually will go away within a few days. Call your healthcare provider 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 Hulio. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for more information.
Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
General information about the safe and effective use of Hulio
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use Hulio for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Hulio to other people, even if they have the same condition. It may harm them.
This Medication Guide summarizes the most important information about Hulio. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about Hulio that is written for health professionals. For more information go to www.Hulio.com or you can enroll in a patient support program by calling 1-800-796-9526.
How should I store Hulio?
- Store Hulio in the refrigerator at 36ºF to 46ºF (2ºC to 8ºC). Store Hulio in the original carton until use to protect it from light.
- Do not freeze Hulio. Do not use Hulio if frozen, even if it has been thawed.
- Refrigerated Hulio may be used until the expiration date printed on the Hulio carton, dose tray, Pen or prefilled syringe. Do not use Hulio after the expiration date.
- If needed, for example when you are traveling, you may also store Hulio at room temperature up to 77°F (25°C) for up to 14 days. Store Hulio in the original carton until use to protect it from light.
- Throw away Hulio if it has been kept at room temperature and not been used within 14 days.
- Record the date you first remove Hulio from the refrigerator in the spaces provided on the carton and dose tray.
- Do not store Hulio in extreme heat or cold.
- Do not use a Pen or prefilled syringe if the liquid is cloudy, discolored, or has flakes or particles in it.
Keep Hulio, injection supplies, and all other medicines out of the reach of children.
What are the ingredients in Hulio?
Active ingredient: adalimumab-fkjp
Hulio Pen 40 mg/0.8 mL, Hulio 40 mg/0.8 mL prefilled syringe, Hulio 20 mg/0.4 mL prefilled syringe.
Inactive ingredients: methionine, monosodium glutamate, polysorbate 80, sorbitol and Water for Injection, USP. Hydrochloric acid is added as necessary to adjust pH.