Cimzia

by Julie
(Florida)

My doctor wants to start me on Cimzia. Has anyone had any good results on Cimzia?

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Cimzia NEW
by: Annette Young

Hello there,

Thanks for writing in with your question. Cimzia is used often when other medications such as Remicade fails to work. The medication is also used for those with Rheumatoid Arthritis and helps to ease the joint pain that many people also experience with Crohn's disease. It belongs to a class of medication known as TNF blockers and it blocks the substance TN which causes inflammation.

The medication is given by injection, usually in the thigh or the stomach. There are 2 injections per dose.

Although I have not tried it, I have heard some very mixed reviews about it. There can be side-effects - Cough, fevers, sore throats, frequent need to urinate - may be painful or burning. Joint pain can occur or increase.

Some people say that the dosage does not last the full length of time before the next dosage, others say they experience cold symptoms directly after and in the first days following the injections. I did speak to one person who says that they would not be without it and it has made life much easier for them.

I think that if the doctor has recommended you taking this medication, then it is worth a try, because all medications work differently on individuals, it may be great for you. But do go back to the doctors if you feel at all worse.

I hope this helps.

Annette

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