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Golimumab IV | Simponi IV [Go-LIM-you-mab]
How to use this medication
Some people with arthritis have too much TNF. TNF is a protein found in the body that can cause pain and swelling in the joints. Golimumab IV is a biologic medicine that blocks TNF and helps the pain and swelling of arthritis.
Golimumab IV is given by an intravenous infusion (IV) by a trained nurse. Each infusion takes about 30 minutes.
You will receive an initial infusion and then a second infusion 4 weeks later. Following this you will receive infusions every 8 weeks.
Although some patients can feel better quite quickly in others it can take a little longer. Keep taking your medication.
What you need to do
Golimumab IV can make it harder for you to fight off infections. Call your doctor if:
- You develop a fever
- You think you have an infection
- You are given antibiotics to treat an infection
All patients should have a tuberculosis skin test & chest
x-ray before starting golimumab IV. Talk to your doctor.
It is important to occasionally have your blood tested while taking golimumab IV. This is important to keep track of your arthritis and to make sure golimumab IV isn’t affecting your liver or blood counts.
Side effects & important things to know
Golimumab IV should be stopped before surgery. It can be restarted once things have healed and there is no sign of infection. If you are having surgery, talk to your doctor about when to stop the medicine.
Golimumab IV has not been studied in pregnancy. Let your doctor know if you are planning to get pregnant or if you are breastfeeding.
Golimumab IV may make a condition called congestive heart failure worse. Tell your doctor if you have congestive heart failure.
Patients have very rarely developed conditions of the nervous system (multiple sclerosis) and the immune system (lupus) while taking medications like golimumab IV.
Golimumab IV has very rarely been associated with the development of cancer. Tell your doctor if you have had cancer in the past.
When should I call my doctor
- If you feel sick and want to stop
- If you are concerned about any side effects
- If you want to or have already stopped the medicine