Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about taking Simponi for:
If you are less than two weeks late:
If you are more than two weeks late:
Patients usually show clinical improvement within 12-14 weeks of treatment, after the first 4 doses.
Most patients notice a difference after taking 3-4 doses (around 12-14 weeks after the first treatment):
The SmartJect pen and syringe both have a very thin, short needle that injects just below the skin surface to help keep pain to a minimum. Simponi has been specially formulated to reduce the likelihood of feeling any pain.
Simponi must not be taken in combination with medicines containing anakinra or abatacept. Tell your doctor or pharmacist about any other medicines you are taking. You should also notify them if you have recently had, or are due to have, a vaccine.
The SmartJect pen and pre-filled syringe contain latex – talk to your doctor before taking Simponi if you have a latex allergy.
Simponi contains sorbitol (E420). If your doctor has told you that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking Simponi.
If you need to take your Simponi dose when you are on holiday, make sure it is kept at the right temperature (between 2°C and 8°C) while travelling. You can organise your delivery to fit around your holiday plans.
Don't forget you should always carry your Patient Alert Card with you and show it to any healthcare professional who is treating you. You can find this in your Simponi box.
For further information about Simponi (golimumab) please contact our Medical Information Department at:
Medical Information Department
Merck Sharp & Dohme Ltd.
Tel: 01992 467272
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