How do I take golimumab and how long does it take to work?
Golimumab is given once a month by injection under the skin (subcutaneous injection), usually into your thigh, tummy or upper arm. It comes in a 50 mg 'pen-like' device or a syringe which you or a relative can learn to use.
If you forget a dose, you should take it as soon as you remember. If it's more than two weeks late, you should start a new schedule from the date you take the delayed dose. Otherwise, you can keep to your original schedule. NEVER inject a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you weigh more than 100 kg (approximately 15 stone 10 lb) and you've not responded to golimumab after three or four doses, your doctor may increase your dose to 100 mg per month for three or four injections.
Golimumab can take 12-14 weeks to improve your symptoms. Because it's a long-term treatment it's important to keep taking golimumab (unless you have severe side-effects):
- even if it doesn't seem to be working at first
- even when your symptoms start to improve (to help keep the disease under control).