What do I need to know about certolizumab/Cimzia?

Why is certolizumab prescribed?

Certolizumab injection is used to relieve the symptoms of certain autoimmune disorders (conditions in which the immune system attacks healthy parts of the body and causes pain, swelling, and damage) including the following: Certolizumab injection is in a class of medications called tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors. It works by blocking the activity of TNF, a substance in the body that causes inflammation.

✽     Crohn’s disease (a condition in which the body attacks the lining of the digestive tract, causing pain, diarrhea, weight loss, and fever) that has not improved when treated with other medications,

✽    rheumatoid arthritis (a condition in which the body attacks its own joints, causing pain, swelling, and loss of function),

✽    psoriatic arthritis (a condition that causes joint pain and swelling and scales on the skin),

✽    active ankylosing spondylitis (a condition in which the body attacks the joints of the spine and other areas causing pain and joint damage).

Brand name: Cimzia®

Click HERE to learn more about certolizumab at MedlinePlus (U.S. Library of Medicine)

Editor’s Note
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