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Anti-Tumour Necrosis Factor (Anti-TNF)

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Tumor Necrosis Factor Inhibitor Adult

Anti-Tumour Necrosis Factor (Anti-TNF) - What is it for

Anti-Tumor Necrosis Factor alpha (anti-TNFα) belongs to a class of medication called biologics or more specific, biological disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (bDMARD). 

Biologics are small molecules that work by blocking targeted part of the immune system that cause an inflammation in the body. 

Anti-TNFα targets and block the effect of TNF. Thus, reduce inflammation, improve symptoms, reduce flare, stop disease from progressing and improve quality of life. 

There are many anti-TNFα drugs available including adalimumab, certolizumab, etanercept, golimumab and infliximab. It may be used alone (monotherapy) or together with another DMARDs. 

Biologics are costly. Your doctor may discuss with you biosimilar which works the same way as biologics at more affordable cost.
  • Updated on 12/31/2022 12:00:00 AM
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup
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