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Active ingredients: certolizumab pegol
What it is used for
Rheumatoid arthritis,Cimzia is indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in adult patients.,- Combined with MTX in case of either an inadequate response or intolerance to previous therapy with one or more disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) or,- As monotherapy in case of a contraindication or intolerance to MTX (see Section 4.2 Dose and Method of Administration).,Cimzia has been shown to reduce the rate of progression of joint damage as measured by X-ray, when given in combination with MTX.,Cimzia in combination with MTX is indicated for the treatment of severe, active and progressive rheumatoid arthritis in adults not previously treated with MTX or other DMARDs.,Psoriatic arthritis,Cimzia is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with active psoriatic arthritis where response to previous disease modifying antirheumatic drug therapy (DMARDs) has been inadequate. Cimzia has been shown to improve physical function.,Ankylosing spondylitis,Cimzia is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with active, ankylosing spondylitis who have been intolerant to or have had inadequate response to at least one nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).,Non-radiographic Axial Spondyloarthritis,Cimzia is indicated for the treatment of adults with active non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA) with objective signs of inflammation as indicated by elevated C reactive protein (CRP) and /or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) change, who have had an inadequate response to, or are intolerant to, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).,Plaque psoriasis,Cimzia is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy.
How to take it
The way to take this medicine is: Subcutaneous. This medicine is injected, usually with a short needle or pen-like device, into the fat just beneath the skin.
- Store at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius
- Do not Freeze
- Protect from Light
- Shelf lifetime is 24 Months.
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Clear to opalescent, colourless to yellow liquid, essentially free of visible particles.
Do I need a prescription?
This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is
Is this medicine subsidised?
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on February 1, 2020. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website.
Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?
For the active ingredient certolizumab pegol
You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.
For side effects, taking other medicines and more
Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website
Reporting side effects
You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.
You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems