Can certolizumab pegol affect other medicines and treatments?
Certolizumab pegol may be prescribed alongside other drugs including methotrexate.
Check with your doctor before starting any new medications, and remember to mention you're on certolizumab pegol if you're treated by anyone other than your usual rheumatology team.
It's recommended that you carry a biological therapy alert card so anyone treating you will know that you're on certolizumab pegol – you can get a card from your rheumatology team.
Can I have vaccinations while I'm on certolizumab pegol?
It's best to discuss vaccinations with your healthcare team before starting certolizumab pegol.
It's usually recommended that people on certolizumab pegol avoid live vaccinations such as yellow fever. However, sometimes a live vaccine may be necessary (for example, rubella immunisation in women of childbearing age).
If you're offered shingles vaccination (Zostavax) it's best to have this before starting certolizumab pegol. Shingles vaccination isn't recommended for people who are already on certolizumab pegol.
Pneumococcal vaccine (which protects against the commonest cause of pneumonia) and yearly flu vaccines are safe and recommended.
Can I continue taking certolizumab pegol if I'm going to have an operation?
Talk this over with your specialists. It's likely you'll be advised to stop certolizumab pegol for a time before and after surgery.