Cimzia Uses

Using Cimzia for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder. This means that, for some reason, the immune system mistakes a person's own cells as invaders and attacks them, causing damage. As with other autoimmune diseases, scientists still do not know the causes of rheumatoid arthritis.
There are many rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, including chronic pain along with tender, warm, and swollen joints. Rheumatoid arthritis treatment usually includes medications. There are four different types of rheumatoid arthritis medications, including:
  • Analgesics (pain relievers), including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Corticosteroids
  • Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs)
  • Biological response modifiers (sometimes known as biological DMARDs).
Cimzia is a biological response modifier, which means it targets (and "modifies") specific parts of the immune system. Biological response modifiers are commonly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, and some types of cancer.
Cimzia can be used in combination with other rheumatoid medications except biological response modifiers, as doing so could theoretically increase the risk of serious infections (this risk is still theoretical, since Cimzia has not been studied in combination with other biological response modifiers).

Using Cimzia for Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is a form of joint inflammation in people with psoriasis. Not all people with psoriasis will develop it. Some psoriatic arthritis symptoms include painfully inflamed joints and changes in the eyes and the fingernails.
Cimzia is used to treat psoriatic arthritis in adults.
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