Certolizumab ?

This is my 3rd drug and I'm wondering if anyone has had experience with this drug? I'm new, but I've read quite a few comments on this ( wonderful ) site. I have not seen this drug mentioned...I am now on the 4th day after the injection and I'm still experiencing some nausea. Is this typical?Also my "brain fog" seems worse? I know there are always side effects, just wondering if this situation is usual? ( no pain, so I'm really not complaining ). I am 69 and just diagnosed 4+ months ago, after years of being told " maybe it's fibromyalgia" ). Bless you all, and my deepest sympathy for all your pain and struggles- this is a mighty tough group!!

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  • This drug is more commonly known by its brand name Cimzia. I have been on Cimzia for 3 years and have had no problems with it and my RA is currently very well controlled.

    If you search this forum for Cimzia you will find lots of information.

  • Thank you Scottishlad!

  • CIMZIA has been a god sent for me. It enabled me to get back control over my life. I hope it works as well for you. All the best.

  • It is making me miserable but so glad it is working for you so well.

  • I agree 8080 but less miserable after the loading doses.

  • I'm so sorry it's not helping you yet, I have had quite a long road to being put on a biologic drug so I currently take methotrexate and hydroxychloroquine alongside my cimzia (certolizumab) and whilst I still have the occasional flare they are very minor compared to where I was this time last year. Are you on any other medications with it?

  • Thank you, Fis76, I will hang in there. I am not taking anything with it, but took Leflunomide and hydroxychloroquine together, whilst waiting for the Cimsia to be approved. They were the culprits that caused the "24 hour sweats"..so, since reading about the possible interaction with omapraz. , I just skipped the omapraz this morning just to see if there's a difference. I seem to do better in the mornings when I kind of force myself to eat healthy things: avocado,fruits,raw veg, tuna, eggs, and maybe a little grass fed beef. ( not all in the same morning- just a sample of my diet) I have no appetite, but I know eating nothing is not good. In the eve. ( when the nausea subsides ) some roasted veggies and maybe some yogurt and tons of water all day. I left the house for the first time in 2 weeks yesterday,( YEA! ) but then it knocked me down all day. I get my injection at the cancer center at the hospital where it is free. If I gave it to myself ( not covered by insurance ) apparently it would cost $4,000.00 per injection. Crazy, right? Hopefully a pain free day for you all!🙏😄

  • also, thank you stbernhard and moomin8 !

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