Cimzia Warnings and Precautions

Specific Precautions and Warnings for Cimzia

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Cimzia include the following:
  • Cimzia can increase your chance of infections, including serious infections. You should not start taking Cimzia if you have an infection (even a skin infection). While taking Cimzia, be sure tell your healthcare provider right away if you think you may have any infection. This medication may not be the best choice for people who get frequent infections.
  • Cimzia can cause certain infections (such as hepatitis B or tuberculosis) that have become inactive in the body to become active again. Tell your healthcare provider if you have ever had hepatitis B or tuberculosis before starting Cimzia. Your healthcare provider should give you a tuberculosis skin test to make sure you have never had tuberculosis.
  • There have been very rare reports of lymphoma (a certain type of cancer) in people taking Cimzia or other medications similar to Cimzia. It is not yet known if Cimzia actually caused these cancers. This problem seems more common in children and teens; Cimzia is not approved for use in children or teens. 
  • Allergic reactions can occur with Cimzia. These reactions include rashes, hives, itching, wheezing or difficulty breathing, and unusual swelling. Let your healthcare provider know right away if you think you are having an allergic reaction to Cimzia.
  • In studies, people with congestive heart failure (CHF) who took medications similar to Cimzia had an increased risk of death. Also, worsening of heart failure and new cases of heart failure (in people who did not already have CHF) have been reported in people taking such medications. Talk to your healthcare provider about Cimzia and congestive heart failure before starting Cimzia.
  • In rare cases, Cimzia has caused dangerously low blood counts. You should tell your healthcare provider about any unusual bruising, bleeding, or paleness while taking Cimzia.
  • You should not receive live vaccines while taking Cimzia. Talk to your healthcare provider before receiving any vaccines while on Cimzia.
  • In rare cases, Cimzia or medications like Cimzia have been reported to cause certain nervous system conditions, including multiple sclerosis (MS), seizures, epilepsy, and other conditions. Cimzia could also make these conditions worse. Talk to your healthcare before taking Cimzia if you have MS, seizures, or any other nervous system condition.
  • Cimzia can potentially interact with a few other medications (see Cimzia Interactions).
  • Cimzia is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that it is probably safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not currently known (see Cimzia and Pregnancy).
  • It is not known if Cimzia passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Cimzia and Breastfeeding).
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