Tocilizumab is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
What is this medicine?Tocilizumab is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This medicine helps reduce joint pain and swelling. This medicine is often used with other medicines.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- heart disease
- hepatitis B or history of hepatitis B infection
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- history of pancreatitis
- immune system problems
- infection (especially a virus infection such as chickenpox, cold sores, or herpes)
- liver disease
- low blood counts, like low white cell, platelet, or red cell counts
- multiple sclerosis
- recently received or scheduled to receive a vaccine
- scheduled to have surgery
- stomach ulcer
- tuberculosis, a positive skin test for tuberculosis or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tuberculosis
- an unusual or allergic reaction to tocilizumab, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
- breast- feeding
How should I use this medicine?This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
What if I miss a dose?Keep appointments for follow- up doses as directed. It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.