› People taking Cimzia (certolizumab) for Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune conditions had greater clinical response compared to people who did not take Cimzia (certolizumab).
› Compared to some other drugs used to treat autoimmune conditions, Cimzia (certolizumab) has not been associated with as many harmful effects during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
› You can give yourself Cimzia (certolizumab) on your own at home rather than visiting a clinic or hospital.
› After the initial dosing, you need to take Cimzia (certolizumab) every 4 weeks.
› Cimzia (certolizumab) has been on the market for almost 10 years.
Downsides and risks
› Cimzia (certolizumab) lowers your ability to fight infection and in some cases can cause serious life-threatening illness. The risk is greater if you take other drugs that lower your immune system, have an active infection, or had tuberculosis (TB) in the past.
› Can in some cases cause bladder infections, rash and respiratory infections (cold or flu)
› In rare cases, Cimzia (certolizumab) has been associated with cancers in children and adolescents.
› Can increase your risk of side effects if you have a history of heart failure, nervous system conditions, or hepatitis B.
› There's no generic available and it can be expensive.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
› Cimzia (certolizumab) is a medication that's injected under the skin. Your doctor can give you your first dose, then you can inject yourself at home once you feel comfortable doing so.
› Each time you use Cimzia (certolizumab), it's important to rotate the sites you chose to inject it in. Don't inject Cimzia (certolizumab) into skin that's red, bruised, or irritated.
› Keep Cimzia (certolizumab) refrigerated, but let it rest at room temperature for 30 to 60 minutes before using it.
› Cimzia (certolizumab) lowers your ability to fight infections, so it's important to let your doctor know if you have a fever, cough, or flu-like symptoms.
› If you have any signs or new or worsening symptoms such as heart, neurological, or autoimmune conditions, talk to your doctor. Tell your doctor about symptoms such as bruising or bleeding.
› As with all injection medicines, store securely away from children and throw away used syringes in an FDA-approved sharps disposal container and not in the trash.