What Is Golimumab Used For?

Golimumab can help relieve symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis and certain other inflammatory conditions. At this time, it is approved for adults only. In certain situations, a healthcare provider may recommend the drug for something other than the conditions it is licensed to treat. For example, possible off-label uses of golimumab could include the treatment of ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease.

An Introduction to the Uses of Golimumab

Golimumab (Simponi™) is a prescription medication licensed to treat certain inflammatory conditions that affect the joints or skin. Specific golimumab uses include the treatment of:
 

Golimumab Use for Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is an autoimmune disease that causes painful arthritis of the spine. In people with this condition, the immune system begins functioning abnormally and starts attacking the spine. This results in pain and stiffness, especially in the lower back. Other ankylosing spondylitis symptoms may include changes in vision and possibly problems in the heart, lungs, or digestive system.
 
Golimumab is used to treat active ankylosing spondylitis in adults.
 

Using Golimumab for Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is a form of joint inflammation in people with psoriasis. Not all people with psoriasis will develop this complication. Some psoriatic arthritis symptoms include painfully inflamed joints and changes in the eyes and the fingernails.
 
Golimumab is used for treating psoriatic arthritis in adults, either used alone or in combination with methotrexate.
 

Golimumab Uses for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. This means that for some reason the immune system mistakes a person's own cells as invaders and attacks them, causing damage. Similar to other autoimmune diseases, scientists still do not know the cause or causes of rheumatoid arthritis.
 
There are many rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, including chronic pain and tender, warm and swollen joints. Golimumab is approved to treat moderate-to-severe active rheumatoid arthritis in adults, but only in combination with methotrexate.
 
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