Benefits/Risks of Biologic Therapy
If you have moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and you are not seeing the symptom relief you desire, be sure to share this with your doctor. At some point, your doctor may recommend starting or considering another biologic treatment. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of biologic medicines, including the risk of serious infections and malignancies, and review your treatment options with you. It is important to learn about these drugs and to understand your options so you can work with your doctor to choose one that is right for you.
FAQs for rheumatoid
Talking with your doctor about starting biologic therapy
You may have questions or concerns about starting a biologic. Talk to your doctor so you understand all the risks and benefits of treating your moderate to severe RA with a biologic drug. The table below includes some questions you may want to ask.
Some questions you may want to ask your doctor before starting biologic therapy
- What are the most important things I need to know about using a biologic?
- Do I need a biologic?
- Do biologics slow down disease progression?
- Is there a downside if I wait to start a biologic?
- What are the benefits and the risks regarding starting a biologic?
- What are the important risks I should know about using a biologic?
- Is there anything I need to do before I can start a biologic?
- If I start a biologic, can I continue taking the other medications that I am on?
If you and your doctor decide that it is time to start biologic therapy, there are
many options. One of these options is CIMZIA.
about CIMZIA for treatment of moderate to severe RA
Talking with your doctor about biologic therapy
No RA treatment works for every person, and it is hard to predict which drug will work best for any one person. If you are not noticing the symptom relief you desire, talk to your doctor about your treatment plan.
Use the Doctor Discussion Guide and talk to your doctor about CIMZIA.
Learn about flexible
CIMZIA dosing options
Learn more about
rheumatoid arthritis treatment
Important Safety Information
Serious infections have happened in patients taking CIMZIA, including tuberculosis (TB) and infections caused by viruses, fungi, or bacteria that have spread throughout the body. Some patients have died from these infections.
There have been cases of unusual cancers in children and teenage patients using TNF-blockers. For people taking TNF-blockers, including CIMZIA, the chances of getting lymphoma may increase. People with RA, especially more serious RA, may have a higher chance for getting a kind of cancer called lymphoma. CIMZIA is not approved for use in pediatric patients.
Heart failure, including new heart failure or worsening of heart failure, has been reported in people taking CIMZIA. Symptoms include shortness of breath, swelling of your ankles or feet, or sudden weight gain.
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