Staying on Track
Staying on Track
Once you have started on SIMPONI ARIA®, Janssen CarePath provides ongoing support to help you stay on track with your SIMPONI ARIA® treatment.
Education and Tools
Additional education and tools you can use in managing your treatment and condition can be found at SimponiAria.com.
- Tips on getting the most out of each office visit and organizing your treatment plan
- Information to help you better prepare for each infusion visit
- Stories from other patients
Tools to help you track and meet your health and wellness goals
Care4Today® Connect is a helpful medication and appointment tracking and reminder tool designed to empower users to take an active role in their own health care. This application can enable users to track key health measures, providing support and motivation in between doctor visits in the following ways:
- Delivers medication, medication refill, and appointment reminders
- Enables users to record information such as exercise, etc.
- Users can share self-reported data with healthcare professionals
Emergency Outreach Services
In case of a natural disaster and your doctor’s office or infusion center is unable to provide treatment, a Janssen CarePath Care Coordinator can help ensure you have continued access to treatment. Please call Janssen CarePath at 877-CarePath (877-227-3728) to enroll in this service.
Health Plan Open Enrollment Information
Even if you keep the same health plan year to year, benefits can change. The information in the Open Enrollment Brochure can help you review your coverage and make changes if needed to stay on treatment in your new benefit period, usually beginning January 1.
If you’re enrolled in Medicare and using Medicare insurance to pay for your medications, our Medicare Resource Guide provides important information to consider as you are selecting your insurance coverage.
Connecting with others in your community
Resources are available online that can offer support and help you connect with others who are living with your condition. These include local support groups, fundraising walks, outreach programs, online communities, and volunteer opportunities. The Web sites below can help you learn more about your condition and connect with others.
SIMPONI ARIA® Web site
This Web site contains additional information about treatment with SIMPONI ARIA®. On this Web site, you can also get helpful information about your condition.
The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control, and cure of arthritis and related diseases. This Web site includes education and online community resources for people with arthritis and their families.
The online home of the Arthritis Foundation’s “Arthritis Today” magazine is a great source of tips and information for people living with arthritis.
CreakyJoints provides treatment information, advice from professionals, and public forums for people living with arthritis to share their experiences.
Spondylitis Association of America
The Spondylitis Association of America is the first and largest resource for people affected by spondylitis. The Web site's efforts help to advance education, research, and treatment for ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and related diseases. This site includes information and support for patients with AS and their families.
Now that you have begun the journey with your SIMPONI ARIA® infusion treatment, please know we are here to help.
Call: 877-CarePath (877-227-3728)
Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET
SIMPONI ARIA® is for adults with:
- Moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, used in combination with methotrexate
- Active psoriatic arthritis
- Active ankylosing spondylitis
SIMPONI ARIA® (golimumab) is a prescription medicine. SIMPONI ARIA® can lower your ability to fight infections. There are reports of serious infections caused by bacteria, fungi, or viruses that have spread throughout the body, including tuberculosis (TB) and histoplasmosis. Some of these infections have been fatal. Your doctor will test you for TB before starting SIMPONI ARIA® and will closely monitor you for signs of TB during treatment. Tell your doctor if you have been in close contact with people with TB. Tell your doctor if you have been in a region (such as the Ohio and Mississippi River Valleys and the Southwest) where certain fungal infections like histoplasmosis or coccidioidomycosis are common.
You should not receive SIMPONI ARIA® if you have any kind of infection. Tell your doctor if you are prone to or have a history of infections or have diabetes, HIV or a weak immune system. You should also tell your doctor if you are currently being treated for an infection or if you have or develop any signs of an infection such as:
- fever, sweat, or chills
- muscle aches
- shortness of breath
- blood in phlegm
- weight loss
- warm, red, or painful skin or sores on your body
- diarrhea or stomach pain
- burning when you urinate or urinate more than normal
- feel very tired
Your doctor will examine you for TB and perform a test to see if you have TB. If your doctor feels that you are at risk for TB, you may be treated with medicine for TB before you begin treatment with SIMPONI ARIA® and during treatment with SIMPONI ARIA®. Even if your TB test is negative, your doctor should carefully monitor you for TB infections while you are taking SIMPONI ARIA®. People who had a negative TB skin test before receiving SIMPONI ARIA® have developed active TB. Tell your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms while taking or after taking SIMPONI ARIA®:
- cough that does not go away
- low grade fever
- weight loss
- loss of body fat and muscle (wasting)
Unusual cancers have been reported in children and teenage patients taking Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF)-blocker medicines. For children and adults receiving TNF blockers, including SIMPONI ARIA®, the chances for getting lymphoma or other cancers may increase. Hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma, a rare and fatal lymphoma, has occurred mostly in teenage or young adult males with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis who were taking a TNF blocker with azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine. You should tell your doctor if you have had or develop lymphoma or other cancers.
Some people treated with SIMPONI ARIA® developed skin cancer. Tell your doctor if any changes in the appearance of your skin or growths on your skin occur during or after your treatment with SIMPONI ARIA®. Your doctor should periodically examine your skin, especially if you have a history of skin cancer.
Tell your doctor about all the medications you take including ORENCIA® (abatacept), KINERET® (anakinra), ACTEMRA® (tocilizumab), RITUXAN® (rituximab), or another TNF blocker, or if you are scheduled to or recently received a vaccine. People receiving SIMPONI ARIA® should not receive live vaccines or treatment with a weakened bacteria (such as BCG for bladder cancer).
Reactivation of hepatitis B virus has been reported in patients who are carriers of this virus and are receiving TNF-blocker medicines, such as SIMPONI ARIA®. Some of these cases have been fatal. Your doctor should do blood tests before and after you start treatment with SIMPONI ARIA®. Tell your doctor if you know or think you may be a carrier of hepatitis B virus or if you experience signs of hepatitis B infection, such as:
- feel very tired
- dark urine
- skin or eyes look yellow
- little or no appetite
- muscle aches
- clay-colored bowel movements
- stomach discomfort
- skin rash
Heart failure can occur or get worse in people who use TNF blockers, including SIMPONI ARIA®. If you develop new or worsening heart failure with SIMPONI ARIA®, you may need treatment in a hospital, and it may result in death. Your doctor will closely monitor you if you have heart failure. Tell your doctor right away if you get new or worsening symptoms of heart failure like shortness of breath, swelling of your lower legs or feet, or sudden weight gain.
Rarely, people using TNF blockers, including SIMPONI ARIA®, can have nervous system problems such as multiple sclerosis or Guillain-Barré syndrome. Tell your doctor right away if you have symptoms like vision changes, weakness in your arms or legs, or numbness or tingling in any part of your body.
Rarely, people using TNF blockers have developed lupus-like symptoms. Tell your doctor if you have any symptoms such as a rash on your cheeks or other parts of the body, sensitivity to the sun, new joint or muscle pain, becoming very tired, chest pain or shortness of breath, swelling of the feet, ankles or legs.
Serious liver problems can happen in people using TNF blockers, including SIMPONI ARIA®. Contact your doctor immediately if you develop symptoms such as feeling very tired, skin or eyes look yellow, poor appetite or vomiting, or pain on the right side of your stomach.
Low blood counts have been seen with people using TNF blockers, including SIMPONI ARIA®. If this occurs, your body may not make enough blood cells to help fight infections or help stop bleeding. Your doctor will check your blood counts before and during treatment. Tell your doctor if you have signs such as fever, bruising, bleeding easily, or paleness.
Allergic reactions can happen in people who use TNF-blocker medicines, including SIMPONI ARIA®. Tell your doctor if you have any symptoms of an allergic reaction while receiving SIMPONI ARIA® such as hives, swollen face, breathing trouble, or chest pain. Some reactions can be serious and life-threatening.
Tell your doctor if you have psoriasis.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, are breastfeeding, or plan to breastfeed, or have a baby and received SIMPONI ARIA® during pregnancy. Tell your baby’s doctor before your baby receives any vaccine because of an increased risk of infection for up to 6 months after birth.
The most common side effects of SIMPONI ARIA® include: upper respiratory infection, abnormal liver tests, decreased blood cells that fight infection, viral infections, bronchitis, high blood pressure, and rash.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.