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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 3/7/2009 2:50 AM (GMT -6)   
   I am starting Cimzia next week, I have a few concerns with the side effects. The manufacture made a lot precautions about cancer like developements. This has me worried to some degree. Can side effects like these be mitigated through proper healthy living? Can I stop and start Cimzia, with the usage of other medications in between lay offs of the Cimzia to help keep me from getting sick?

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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 733
   Posted 3/7/2009 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never understood "the only lymphoma and cancer risks" to be from people doing combination therapies. I have always used biologics "solo" (ie no 6mp or others), and have always been warned of the risks... If that's true, I find it somewhat reassuring... do you have an article or anything on that Kasper? Like I said, I selfishly hope it's true because then that would be one LESS thing for me to worry about... Lol.

Ben, there's another post about someone wanting to going off of Humira for a while and then resume if necessary... I think you'll find the answers to your "stopping and starting" questions there. I know you're looking for Cimzia specific info, but I just don't think much exists yet, so you have to take what you can from the pool of us with "biologic" experience.

Good luck, whatever you decide.
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
Remicade '05 through '08, with no other maintenance meds
Noticing a real difference with a Gluten-Free diet.
Currently on:
Cimzia (loading doses 2-12-09)
Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes, and Prednisone

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