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What are the side effects of Cimzia?

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Posted on Tue, 26 Jul 2016
Question: I have been on Reciade however it stopped working. I am currently on Metdro pk. and am going to start a CIMZIA can you tell me all about this drug. side effects etc.
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Answered by Dr. Naval Mendiratta (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Cetrolizumab

Detailed Answer:
good evening

thank you for writing on health care magic

Well, cimzia(cetrolizumab) is a new molecule which has come out. You probably developed antibody to Remicade and hence it is not working.

As such this drug has a different action, with lesser incidence of tuberculosis as compared to Remicade. I am not sure how your doctor has planned for dosing but it is given at 0 2 4 weeks.. yes you can expect minor reactions like allergic ones with itching redness low fever in the first injection but it improves with time...and subsequent dosing ...

but if u ask my choice in psoriatic arthritis I would have gone for Enbrel if Remicade failed to work...

Any other specific thing you want to know about cimzia let me know, would be happy to assist tou

regards.
Dr naval
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Follow up: Dr. Naval Mendiratta (5 hours later)
What are the side effects ? Did you say that I could expect pain and feeling bad with first shots? Does it cause you go gain weight? I gained 10 lbs taking ramicade.



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Answered by Dr. Naval Mendiratta (31 hours later)
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Delayed Reply

Detailed Answer:
Good evening

Sorry for the late reply...My daughter had fallen ill and just couldn't get time to log on

Well, it is well tolerated but yes during the first injection you need to be careful for any allergic reactions. Those are common with any drug you take for the first time. No no, I meant you can experience some reaction in the first go...But if it works well and suits you well, you will feel better within a week

As for the weight gain, it is a common problem with all TNF Blockers.. Even Etarnacept is known to cause weight gain( Lipodystrophy). SO that is something one cant predict whether you will have it or not...Secondly the weight gain could have been due to your disease control as well. When the inflammation is going on, one doesn't gain weight and loses appetite. Moreover the food we take is not consumed well by our body..So when the disease gets under control weight gain is a normal phenomenon...But yes it is hard to predict whether Cimzia will cause weight gain or not

Hope the information is useful

Do let me know for more queries. I ll be more prompt the next time

Regards
Dr Naval
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Follow up: Dr. Naval Mendiratta (12 hours later)
I would like to know side effects? Thank you and hope you child is better.What are the side effects
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Answered by Dr. Naval Mendiratta (14 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Side effects of Cetrolizumab

Detailed Answer:
Good evening

Well Thanx for your wishes..She is doing better

As for side effects of the drug:

1. TAke first shot in the clinic, as you can expect some minor allergic reactions or skin reactions like redness or erythrema

2. The risk of tuberculosis is always there, but in your population is may not be 2 significant

3. The risk of other infections like frequent cold cough can happen with these drugs..

As for weight gain, it is a very rare side effect if it happens

But all in all a safer drug than remicade....

Hope it was helpful

Regards
Dr Naval
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Brief Answer: Cetrolizumab Detailed Answer: good evening thank you for writing on health care magic Well, cimzia(cetrolizumab) is a new molecule which has come out. You probably developed antibody to Remicade and hence it is not working. As such this drug has a different action, with lesser incidence of tuberculosis as compared to Remicade. I am not sure how your doctor has planned for dosing but it is given at 0 2 4 weeks.. yes you can expect minor reactions like allergic ones with itching redness low fever in the first injection but it improves with time...and subsequent dosing ... but if u ask my choice in psoriatic arthritis I would have gone for Enbrel if Remicade failed to work... Any other specific thing you want to know about cimzia let me know, would be happy to assist tou regards. Dr naval