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Certolizumab Pegol Medication
I have Crohn's disease & take cimzia (certolizumab pegol) injectables. It isnt taking care of all my symptoms. Is there another class of drug I can add with the cimzia (certolizumab pegol)?
6MP , MTX: The medications that can be used with Cimzia (certolizumab pegol) most commonly include 6mp - azathiorine or Methotrexate (in addition to Mesalamine / steroids). Natalizumab is an other biologic that can be used in those where anti-tnfs (like cimzia) fail, but they are not used together. ...Read more
Cimzia (certolizumab pegol): Certolizumab, a biological drug, very expensive, used to treat some auto-immune diseases in selected cases ...Read more
Http://www.cimzia.com/: CIMZIA (certolizumab pegol) is a TNF-blocker used in adult patients to: 1) Lessen signs & symptoms of moderately to severely active Crohn’s disease; 2) Treat moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis; 3) Treat active psoriatic arthritis; 4) Treat active ankylosing spondylitis. For more info, see full prescribing information, as found at: http://www.cimzia.com/ ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rule: A good rule of thumb is to avoid live vaccinations such the nasal flu vaccine while taking a biologic response modifier (cimzia, enbrel, etc.). The flu shot is not a live vaccine. Another good rule would be to try to have all vaccines up to date before starting a biologic drug. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have Crohn's disease. I'm on Methotrexate and Cimzia (certolizumab pegol). My CRP and Sed Rate are still high. Does that mean they are not working?
Much less so than...: Enbrel, humira, and remicade. Studies of women in great britain show that pegylated cimzia, (certolizumab pegol) with a much larger molecule, is a fraction of the others found in the cord blood of infants born to mothers on the other drugs! I do not know of published studies on breast milk, but i would think the same data would hold true! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not sure about less?: If you are taking drugs for a chronic condition like heart disease, diabetes, hypertension , then this a difficult question. If you are concerned about how many pills you are taking in a day, maybe combinations or long acting drugs can reduce the number. Either way, this is to be discussed with your physician since these alternatives are not for everyone. Good luck. ...Read more
Yes, but: There are many appetite suppressants on the market but you must be very careful. Do not try any of them without first speaking to your physician. They can often raise your blood pressure which would be a problem with hypertensives.. Ask first before you do anything. Good luck. ...Read more
Otc: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) can help with both pain relief and in reducing inflammation. Examples are ibuprofen (like Advil, Nuprin or Motrin), Naproxen sodium (like Aleve, (naproxen) Naprosyn, Anaprox) or Asprin (such as Bayer, Ecotrin, Ascriptin). Avoid NSAID's if pregnant or allergic to them. In that situation can consider acetaminophen. ...Read more
Dose??: If you mean is the dose too high we must narrow it down to what type of medication. All medications have side effects- many of which are associated with excessive dosing. Speak to your primary physician or pharmacist about the specific medication. ...Read more