Can golimumab affect other medications and treatments?
Golimumab is often prescribed along with other drugs, including methotrexate. Check with your doctor before starting any new medications, and mention you're on golimumab if you're treated by anyone other than your usual rheumatology team.
It's recommended you carry a biological therapy alert card so anyone treating you will know that you're on golimumab – you can get a card from your rheumatology department.
Can I have vaccinations while I'm on golimumab?
It's usually recommended that people on golimumab avoid live vaccines 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 it before starting golimumab. Shingles vaccination isn't recommended for people who are already on golimumab.
Pneumococcal vaccine (which gives protection against the most common cause of pneumonia) and yearly flu vaccines are safe with golimumab and recommended.
Can I continue with golimumab if I'm going to have an operation?
Talk this over with your specialists. It's likely you will be advised to stop golimumab for a time before and after surgery.