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06-04-2013, 10:06 AM   #1
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Cimzia and the flu or a cold

I took my first loading dose of Cimzia two weeks ago with no problems or ill effects (no good effects either, for that matter). Yesterday I took my second loading dose, and just prior to taking it (a few hours before) I started developing what I thought was a head cold with sore throat, runny eyes and nose and a bad headache. I have also had chills and a low grade fever off and on. This morning I also have body aches and diarrhea, so I think I may have the flu rather than a cold.

I don't think this is related to the Cimzia and is merely coincidental, but am wondering if anyone has had similar experiences, and also what you do to relieve cold/flu symptoms when you are on Cimzia. I hesitate to take any OTC drugs.

As for other Crohns drugs, I take: 150 mg Imuran, .5 Prednisone (I'm at the end of a taper). Cimzia is my first biologic drug.

Thanks, all!
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Been there, done that: Sulfasalzine, Pentasa, Asacol, Prednisone, Budesonide, Cimzia, and more colonoscopies than I can count
06-04-2013, 08:20 PM   #2
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It's still very early in your treatment so don't be discouraged that you haven't seen results yet. As for the flu like symptoms it can be a coincidence or a reaction to the medication. Just be sure to keep your doctor abreast of how you are doing. They need to monitor you closely, especially in the beginning.
06-06-2013, 03:51 PM   #3
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Update: it did, indeed, turn out to be the flu. I know because my partner caught it from me three days later, just after I started feeling better. And the Cimzia just kicked in as well.
06-06-2013, 06:11 PM   #4
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The 3 month mark will be a good time to do blood tests and see how much of a difference it's making.
06-06-2013, 09:54 PM   #5
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Yeah, I have the blood tests every three months already because I've been on Azathioprine for the last year and a half. I haven't felt any real difference on Aza, but my numbers look better. I feel a definite difference now already on Cimzia.
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