... experiences with this medication. It's really hard for me to tell whether or not it's doing anything for me. Thank you
Mittykitty, your GI doctor should be monitoring your inflammatory markers by ordering CRP, ESR and fecal cal - protectin to measure the efficacy of your cimzia therapy. If your markers are normal and your symptoms are null or very minimal as compared to before cimzia therapy, then it is likely your therapy is working. Not all drugs work as effectively as others, and each of our crohns cases are a bit different although the same. What works for me might not work as well for you. If you are still having a lot of Crohn's symptoms while on cimzia, then it's time to talk to your doctor. Perhaps concommitant therapies will help ease ur symptoms and get you into a state of remission and reduced symptoms. Constant communication w your GI doctor is essential to keeping your crohns under control and living a healthy life. He doesn't know what you don't tell him; and trust me, he's heard it all so don't be afraid to share.
I've been on cimzia for a while. Diet is crucial in care of your crohns. Seek advice from a nutritionist who is familiar with IBD if you have not already done so.
There are other options out there besides cimzia, such as remicade and humira, as I'm sure you know. There's a new one out there called vedolizumab (sp?) That came out Iin May 2014. There's a lot of new therapies coming in the next couple years. Again, get in touch w your GI doctor to discuss options now and possibilities for the future.
- Cimzia Information for Consumers
- Cimzia Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cimzia (detailed)
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