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Golimumab

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What is golimumab and why is it prescribed?

Golimumab is an anti-TNF (anti-tumour necrosis factor) drug. It reduces inflammation. Read more >

How do I take golimumab and how long does it take to work?

Golimumab is usually given as a 50 mg injection on the same day every month. If you forget a dose, take it as soon as you remember. It should start working in 12–14 weeks (after 3–4 doses). Read more >

What are the possible risks and side-effects of golimumab?

Side-effects of golimumab include reactions at the injection site, such as redness, swelling or pain. It can also make you more likely to develop infections. You should tell your doctor straight away if you develop any new symptoms, if you haven’t had chickenpox and you come into contact with someone who has chickenpox or shingles or if you develop chickenpox or shingles. Read more >

Can golimumab affect other medications and treatments?

You may be prescribed golimumab along with other drugs, including methotrexate. You should discuss any new medications with your doctor and always tell any other doctor treating you that you’re on golimumab.
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Can I drink alcohol if I'm on golimumab?

There's no known interaction between golimumab and alcohol. If you're also taking methotrexate you should drink well within government guidelines, because methotrexate and alcohol can interact to damage your liver.


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Can golimumab affect fertility, pregnancy or breastfeeding?

If you're taking golimumab and thinking of starting a family or become pregnant, talk to your rheumatologist. There's no evidence about the effect of golimumab on a woman who is pregnant, or on her child. Since it's similar to other drugs, it's unlikely to be harmful in the first three months of pregnancy.


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