I am new to the forum, hoping to hear of people’s experiences with RA and Cimzia medication.
I was diagnosed with RA in 2019 at the age of 29. I was prescribed Methotrexate which helped keep me mostly symptom free for almost 4 years. In November 2022 I stopped taking Methotrexate as I hope to soon start a family. I was prescribed Sulfazalizane which had absolutely no effect and I went into a severe flare up. Unfortunately the rheumatology team I’m under were not helpful or understanding, instead insisting I persevere and wait for things to improve. They didn’t and after 8 months I was finally prescribed Cimzia.
From the first dose my RA symptoms disappeared and I’ve been in remission for 5 weeks. I’ve also experienced no side effects - except the fact that I have missed my period. I have read that menstrual disorders/disruption is listed under uncommon side effects (less than 1 in 100 people), so I was wondering if any ladies also taking this drug have experienced the same thing or something similar? I have taken 2 pregnancy tests, 5 days apart and both were negative. Given that I’m taking this medication with the hope of conceiving, I am now worried it could prevent me from doing so. I will of course talk to my GP & Consultant about this, but it would also be helpful and reassuring if anyone is willing to share their experiences of Cimzia.
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