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Is certolizumab pegol safe for my child or teenager?

Medications like certolizumab have been associated with an increased risk for life-threatening cancers, such as lymphoma, in teenagers and children. In these instances, most of the children had underlying problems with their immune systems. Usually, young people should not take certolizumab or similar drugs unless the doctor has decided that this medication is the best option. Discuss the risks and benefits of certolizumab (brand name Cimzia) with your doctor before allowing your child to take the drug.

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