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Certolizumab Side Effects

What should I watch for?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.

You will be tested for tuberculosis (TB) before you start this medicine. If your doctor prescribes any medicine for TB, you should start taking the TB medicine before starting this medicine. Make sure to finish the full course of TB medicine.

Call your doctor or health care professional for advice if you get a fever, chills, sore throat, or other symptoms of an infection. Do not treat yourself. This medicine may decrease your body's ability to fight infection. Try to avoid being around people who are sick.

Talk to your doctor about your risk of cancer. You may be more at risk for certain types of cancers if you take this medicine.

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Common and Rare Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common

Bladder pain

bloody or cloudy urine

body aches or pain

chills

cough or hoarseness

difficult, burning, or painful urination

difficulty with breathing

ear congestion

fever

frequent urge to urinate

headache

loss of voice

lower back or side pain

nasal congestion

runny nose

sneezing

sore throat

unusual tiredness or weakness

Less common

Bleeding, blistering, burning, coldness, discoloration of the skin, feeling of pressure, hives, infection, inflammation, itching, lumps, numbness, pain, rash, redness, scarring, soreness, stinging, swelling, tenderness, tingling, ulceration, or warmth at the injection site

bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet

chest pain

colds or flu-like symptoms

frequent urination

pain in the ankles or knees

pain in the arms or legs

painful, red lumps under the skin, mostly on the legs

rapid weight gain

stomach pain

tingling of the hands or feet

tightness in the chest

unusual weight gain or loss

Rare

Blurred vision

confusion

coughing or spitting up blood

diarrhea

dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position

fainting

feeling of warmth

general feeling of discomfort, illness, or weakness

inflammation of the joints

itching

joint pain

large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs

loss of appetite

muscle aches

nausea

night sweats

redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest

skin rash

sudden high fever or low-grade fever for months

sweating

swelling of the lymph glands

weakness

Incidence not known

Blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin

red skin lesions, often with a purple center

red, irritated eyes

red, scaling, or crusted skin

sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

Difficulty with moving

muscle pain or stiffness

Less common

Vomiting

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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