Certolizumab: Uses & Side Effects

Certolizumab reduces the effects of a
substance in the body that can cause inflammation. It is used to treat the
symptoms of Crohn’s disease after other treatments have failed. Certolizumab is
also used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing
spondylitis, and plaque psoriasis.

Before
Taking Certolizumab

Certolizumab affects your immune system.
Serious and sometimes fatal infections may occur.

Your risk of infection may be higher if you
have diabetes, HIV, a weak immune system, hepatitis B, chronic infections, if
you use certain medications, or if you live in or travel to certain areas.

Call your doctor at once if you have
symptoms such as fever, chills, cough, diarrhea, night sweats, flu symptoms, or
skin sores.

Using certolizumab may also increase your
risk of developing certain types of cancer, including a rare fast-growing type
of lymphoma that can be fatal.

Certolizumab Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have
signs of an allergic reaction:

  • Hives
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat

Serious and sometimes fatal infections may
occur during treatment with certolizumab. Tell your doctor if you have signs of
infection, such as:

  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Sweating
  • Muscle pain
  • Open sores or skin wounds
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Feeling short of breath
  • Painful urination
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Fever

Stop using certolizumab and call your
doctor at once if you have:

  • Shortness of breath (even with mild exertion), swelling, rapid
    weight gain
  • Pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding
  • A new growth on your skin (may be red or purple), or any change in
    the size or color of a mole, freckle, or bump on your skin
  • Nerve problems–vision problems, dizziness, numbness or tingly
    feeling, muscle weakness in your arms or legs
  • Liver problems–loss of appetite, right-sided stomach pain,
    tiredness, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
  • New or worsening symptoms of lupus–joint pain or swelling with a
    skin rash on your cheeks or arms (worsens in sunlight)
  • Common side effects may include
  • Pain or burning when you urinate
  • Rash
  • Cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat

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