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Generic: certolizumab
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It is used to treat Crohn's disease or rheumatoid arthritis.
               



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What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • abatacept
  • adalimumab
  • anakinra
  • etanercept
  • infliximab
  • live virus vaccines
  • rilonacept

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • vaccines

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.

You will be tested for tuberculosis (TB) before you start this medicine. If your doctor prescribes any medicine for TB, you should start taking the TB medicine before starting this medicine. Make sure to finish the full course of TB medicine.

Call your doctor or health care professional for advice if you get a fever, chills, sore throat, or other symptoms of an infection. Do not treat yourself. This medicine may decrease your body's ability to fight infection. Try to avoid being around people who are sick.

Talk to your doctor about your risk of cancer. You may be more at risk for certain types of cancers if you take this medicine.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • changes in vision
  • chest pain or palpitations
  • fever or chills, sore throat
  • pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet
  • red, scaly patches or raised bumps on the skin
  • seizures
  • swelling of the ankles, feet, hands
  • swollen lymph nodes in the neck, underarm, or groin areas
  • unexplained weight loss
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusually weak or tired

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • irritation at site where injected

               
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