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Doggiedo
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   Posted 6/7/2018 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Starting the loading dose (2 injections) tonight. I’m a little nervous. I’ve tried Entyvio and Remicade before, so I’m assuming it will be similar in terms of tolerance? Can anyone tell me what I might expect to feel like after my first dose? Or, should I look out for any reaction in particular?

Also, how quick did it work for you? My doc has me taking two injections for 2 weeks, then one shot for 2 weeks. She said it might not work until a couple of doses.

Is this considered the big guns, in terms of arthritis treatment? I know, based on my Ulcerative colitis, going to the biological was a bigger step. I’m a little nervous.

celebrate life
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   Posted 6/9/2018 12:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Doggie and welcome to the HW forum!
How do you feel after the injection. I have been on two biologics, Humira and Enbril. Humira worked the best, but eventually quit after about 7 or 8 years. Both have kept further joint damage at bay and allowed me a very decent and active lifestyle. I guess Cimza must be a newer drug; I have never heard of it. I'm my experience the effect of the drugs were fairly immediate...astonishingly so. I hope you have a similar experience.
Beth

Doggiedo
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   Posted 6/11/2018 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your response.

Other than being sore in the morning, I feel a lot better. I didn't expect it to work that quick. I also wasn't sure my symptoms were bad enough (given my history with UC, I always tend to underestimate the amount of pain I'm in), but I was wrong - it has made a significant difference. No side effects that I know of, or am feeling, as of yet. Fingers crossed it continues to work.

Do you mind me asking why you stopped taking Humira (or Enbril)?

Thanks!

celebrate life
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   Posted 6/14/2018 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Doggie,
I am thrilled to hear you are getting a good response! I did so well on Humira that I was really bummed that it ran its course and quit working after about seven years. That's why I quit Humira. I am still in Enbril. It is good to know that Cimza is out there if the Enbril quits. Thanks for the update!
Beth

RAbid
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   Posted 6/18/2018 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, just posted under name “RAbid”. Please find and read. I am on this CIMZIA trip with you. RAbid
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