certolizumab, Cimzia (cont.)

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PREPARATIONS: Injection (powder): 200 mg. Injection (prefilled syringe): 200 mg

STORAGE: Certolizumab should be stored refrigerated at 2 to 8 C (36 to 46 F). Reconstituted certolizumab should be used within two hours if kept at room temperature or within 24 hours if refrigerated.

DOSING: Certolizumab is injected under the skin (thigh or abdomen). Injection sites should be rotated. The recommended dose for treating Crohn's disease is 400 mg initially (2 injections of 200 mg), followed by 400 mg at weeks 2 and 4. For those who respond, the recommended maintenance dose is 400 mg every 4 weeks. The recommended dose for treating rheumatoid arthritis is 400 mg (2 injections of 200 mg) initially and at weeks 2 and 4, followed by 200 mg every other week.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Combining anakinra (Kineret), abatacept (Orencia), rituximab (Rituxan) or natalizumab (Tysabri) with certolizumab may result in reduced white blood cells in the blood (neutropenia), serious infections and no additional benefit.

Certolizumab may interfere with the effectiveness of vaccines. Live vaccines, including attenuated vaccines, should not be used while patients are being treated with certolizumab. Certolizumab may interfere with tests of coagulation in patients receiving blood thinners.

PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies of certolizumab in pregnant women.

NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known whether certolizumab is excreted in breast milk.

Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD

REFERENCE: FDA prescribing information for Cimzia

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/21/2015

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