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Background and Date of Approval
Golimumab is a monoclonal antibody (protein which attaches to a specific target) which was approved for its medical use on 24th April 2009.
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Golimumab Injection is a biological agent that belongs to the group of human monoclonal antibody. Golimumab specifically targets and binds to the TNF Alpha. TNF Alpha a protein that is present in high concentrations in inflammatory diseases. Golimumab blocks the interaction of this protein with its receptors and eventually lower the inflammatory effects. Golimumab is indicated alone or in combination with Methotrexate.
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Golimumab Injection has been developed to treat various inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, active psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and moderate to severe ulcerative colitis.
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Golimumab is available as a prefilled syringe with an autoinjector in the dose 50mg. For adults with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing Spondylitis, the recommended dose is 50mg subcutaneous injection once a month. For patients with ulcerative colitis, the recommended dose is 200 mg initially administered by subcutaneous injection at Week 0, followed by 100 mg at Week 2 and then 100 mg every 4 weeks.
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Do not receive Golimumab Injection if you are having an active infection. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you develop any symptoms of infection while on treatment with Golimumab. Golimumab is not recommended if you are allergic to any of its ingredients, have a history of tuberculosis, heart problems, Hepatitis B, demyelinating disease, nervous system disorders, lupus or cancer. During this treatment your physician may monitor your vitals to prevent serious complications. Inform your health care provider if you are about to undergo any dental or surgical procedures. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice vision changes, tingling, dark urine, yellowing of skin, red, scaly patches on skin, unusual bruising, breathing trouble, hives or chest pain.
Ask your health care provider for advice if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, planning to have a baby, or breastfeeding your baby. Golimumab is probably unsafe during pregnancy as your baby might be at higher risk of infection for 6 months after birth. Tell your doctor before you breastfeed your baby. Your doctor will decide whether you should receive Golimumab Injection or breastfeed depending on your condition. Discuss effective contraceptive methods with your healthcare provider and consider using them for at least 6 months after the last dose of Golimumab.
The common side effects that are likely to occur while you are on the treatment with Golimumab Injection are fever, tiredness, cough, flu like symptoms, warm, red or painful skin, weight loss, loss of body fat and muscle, upper respiratory tract infection, mouth sores, injection site reaction. If you experience allergies, sickness, infection, vision trouble, bleeding or bruising during this treatment, report to your doctor immediately.
Word Of Advice
Golimumab can cause side effects like tiredness and visual disturbances. Hence, it is advisable to not drive or use machines during this treatment. check with your health care provider before receiving any vaccines and inform them if you are taking any other medications or herbal supplements.
Frequently Asked Question
- Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, [Revised on Sep 2019] [Accessed on 21st Sep 2022], https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2019/125289s146lbl.pdf
- Ahmed A. Negm, & Daniel E. Furst, NSAIDs, Antirheumatic Drugs, Nonopioid Analgesics, & Drugs Used in Gout, Lange’s Basic and Clinical Pharmacology, 14th Edition, 2018, 642-666.
The drug information on this page is not a substitute for medical advice, it is meant for educational purposes only. For further details consult your doctor about your medical condition to know if you are eligible to receive this treatment.