Has anyone taken Cimzia?

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Azstrait
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Date Joined Dec 2005
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   Posted 9/17/2008 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been taking Remicade very 8 weeks for almost 3 years and I am starting Cimzia tomorrow. If it works I will be getting 1 injection a month by a home health nurse. I am a little nervous but I hope it works. I am being switched due to problems with my veins and IV'S. Has anyone else taken this drug and had success? I know it is a new drug and I feel kind of likea guinea pig as I was told the first 3 doses are free due to the new drug trial or something like that.
42 yrs, diagnosed Crohn's 1988, 2 bowel resections, 1 strictureplasty, 1 botched exploratory surgery, 1 emergency surgery for ruptured ulcer, Remicade every 8 wks, Immuran 100 mg, Protonix


ivy6
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   Posted 9/17/2008 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
We do have members here taking Cimzia. If you scroll back a few pages you should find a few threads related to the drug.

You can also find some Cimzia threads under the "new meds" thread, which is under the "Resources" thread at the top of this forum.
Co-Moderator Crohn's Forum.


mtgman
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   Posted 9/17/2008 8:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm about to start as well...just had my chest x ray and TB test...keeping my fingers crossed bc these new drugs scare me.

sr5599
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   Posted 9/17/2008 8:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Cimzia had to go through some very stringent testing to be approved. It was approved sometime around April or May, but in testing (late term testing) for a long time before that.

Good luck with it! Love to hear your experience unfold!
--40 year old female, dx as UC in '04 (1st symptoms in '03), switched to Crohn's in '05, 1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine
--rejected (reaction/didn't work): Asacol, AZA, 6-MP, MTX, Remicade, Humira, prednisone
--methylpred - finally off 6/15/08, tried Prochymal in Phase III study (can't wait til it's approved!)
--started Tysabri 3/21/08
--single mom to 10-yr-old girl


Azstrait
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   Posted 9/18/2008 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the info. I had a choice of switching to Humira or Cimzia and chose Cimzia. I didnt have a chest x-ray just the TB test. I like that the nurse will be coming to my home to give me the medicine monthly and I wont have to go to the outpatient infusion center at the hospital. I dont anticpate any problems because I never had any on Remicade. I was told I didnt need to take the pre-meds Tylenol or Benadryl but I could if I wanted too. My doctor's nurse said that the others they work with who have switched have all done really well on it. Thanks again for the feedback.. I will read those other threads about the drug too.
42 yrs, diagnosed Crohn's 1988, 2 bowel resections, 1 strictureplasty, 1 botched exploratory surgery, 1 emergency surgery for ruptured ulcer, Remicade every 8 wks, Immuran 100 mg, Protonix

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