Posted 10/27/2014 12:29 PM (GMT -7)
Biologic medications have very good odds of helping you as over 60 percent of patients have an improvement in their symptoms after starting biologics. The most scary side effect is lymphoma and the odds are 6 in 10,000 (or 0.06%) when used simultaneously with immunosuppressive meds (e.g., imuran 6mp, or aza) which are very small odds. Biologics do increase your odds of getting an infection (e.g., UTIs, bronchitis, sinus, etc.) and it is harder for your body to fight one off when you get it due to a suppressed immune system. While on biologics, you should therefore be more vigilant if you suspect you might have an infection and see you primary care physician earlier than you would normally. You might get an extra cold each year, and it might last 1.5 weeks instead of 1 week. I'm an outdoorsy guy and am always getting cut up, bruised etc. I'm on remicade (similar to cimzia and humira) yet, I've never got any infections due to that, so there's no need to be a germaphobe or anything.
Cimzia and humira are both tnf-alpha-blocking medications. So they should perform similar functions. Both drugs are bioengineered proteins that very slightly in structure but act the same. I would trust you doctors on which to use. Good luck,