A woman lays in bed, very unsettled.

My Cosentyx Hangover

As time goes by, I'm getting less and less nervous injecting! I never, ever thought that I would be saying this. But now, I look forward to my injection. I used to cry before each injection and feel stressed about it for days. It took me seven months to start injecting myself. My brother's girlfriend is a nurse, so she used to inject and support me through this.

My body reminds me to inject

My body knows when I'm due for my injection. Usually, for 2 to 3 days before my injection, my body tells me that it needs it. I am stiffer, have more pain and wow am I tired!

I always inject in the evening time, about 8pm. I do this because I feel a bit sick after my injection, so I prefer to sleep through that.

My hangover

I wake up the next morning and I am exhausted. Each step I take feels like I have sandbags tied to my legs. I feel extremely weak for a day or two, like I could pass out at any time. Luckily, I never have (touches wood). I hate fainting, like I imagine everyone else does. I used to faint a lot in my teenage years.

I make sure to listen to my body and rest. My tummy may feel a bit off. When I feel like this, I don’t have much of an appetite. This doesn't happen every time. When it does, I never feel like having proper meals, I feel like I need to snack on sugary or salty foods throughout the day. At the moment, I am trying to have a healthier diet. But when I am feeling like this, I eat what my body wants and needs. After all, it's only for a day or two. I deserve a treat after my injection.

Usually, I feel a little congested and have a dry throat. My whole mouth is sore, and my tongue feels like sandpaper. I make sure to drink plenty of water and usually I treat myself to an ice pop.

Sometimes, I will have a headache for a day or two, I take paracetamol throughout the day to keep this at bay and to prevent it from getting too intense. I hate headaches, again, I would imagine everybody does.

The hangover is worth it!

This is nothing compared to my side effects on Cimzia. I wrote articles about my horrible experiences on my first biologic, you can read them on AnkylosingSpondylitis.net.

This is my Cosentyx hangover, and it usually lasts for no longer than two days. I inject every two weeks. So, four days a month of feeling like this is worth the benefits of Cosentyx.

Cosentyx has given me my life back. I've been on it for about 7 months. It has given me hope, hope that I can live a "normal" life (with some adjustments).

Do you get a hangover from your biologics? Is it similar to mine?

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