Actemra

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Actemra Warnings

This medication may lower your ability to fight an infection. This may make you more likely to get a serious (rarely fatal) infection or make any infection you have worse. Your risk may be increased if you are also taking other drugs that can lower your ability to fight an infection (such as methotrexate or corticosteroids). Before using tocilizumab, tell your doctor your medical history, especially of any kind of infection. During treatment, tell your doctor right away if you develop any signs of infection (such as cough, sore throat, fever, chills, pain when urinating).

Before starting this medication, your doctor should test you for tuberculosis (TB). Your doctor should monitor you for symptoms of TB during treatment with this drug. If needed, treatment for tuberculosis or other infections should be given before receiving this medication.
  • Keep in refrigerator. Do not freeze.
  • Protect from light
  • Do not shake
  • This medication can interfere with the effectiveness of birth control pills. Consult your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Discard any remaining product after using. Do not keep or store for future use.
  • Read the boxed warning information for this medication.

Lactation Warnings

  • INSUFF HUMAN DATA; POTENTIAL FOR SERIOUS ADVERSE EFFECTS, CAUTION ADVISED

Pregnancy Warnings

  • Insufficient human data available. Monoclonal antibodies are known to cross the placenta. Animal data suggest developmental toxicity at doses less than 2 times the maximum recommended human dose. Consider maternal treatment benefits versus potential fetal/neonatal adverse outcomes.