Certolizumab Pegol

Pronounced

"SER-toe-LIZ-oo-mab"

Common brand names:

Cimzia

Uses

This medication is used to reduce pain and swelling due to certain inflammatory conditions (such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis). Some brands may also be used to treat plaque psoriasis or a certain bowel condition (Crohn's disease). Certolizumab belongs to a class of drugs known as tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blockers. It works by blocking TNF, a substance made by the body that causes inflammation.

How to Use This Medication

Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using certolizumab and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

This medication is given by injection under the skin, in the stomach or thigh area, as directed by your doctor. Follow your doctor's directions and the schedule for your doses very carefully.

Remove this medication from the refrigerator and leave at room temperature for 30 minutes before injecting. Do not warm up this medication in any other way such as heating in the microwave or placing in hot water.

Do not inject into any areas of skin that are sore, bruised, red, scaly, or hard.

If you are giving this medication to yourself at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional. Do not shake the medication. If you are using the vial, follow the instructions for adding the mixing liquid to the medication. Gently swirl the vial to mix. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, mark the days on a calendar when you need to receive the medication.

Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

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