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Generic: natalizumab
Brand: Tysabri
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It is used to treat relapsing multiple sclerosis
               



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What is this medicine?

NATALIZUMAB (na ta LIZ you mab) is used to treat relapsing multiple sclerosis. This drug is not a cure. It is also used to treat Crohn's disease.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • immune system problems
  • progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML)
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to natalizumab, 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. This medicine is not approved for use in children.

What if I miss a dose?

It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • azathioprine
  • cyclosporine
  • interferon
  • 6- mercaptopurine
  • methotrexate
  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone
  • TNF- alpha inhibitors like adalimumab, etanercept, and infliximab
  • vaccines

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine. Visit your doctor for regular check ups. Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

Stay away from people who are sick. Call your doctor or health care professional for advice if you get a fever, chills or sore throat, or other symptoms of a cold or flu. Do not treat yourself.

In some patients, this medicine may cause a serious brain infection that may cause death. If you have any problems seeing, thinking, speaking, walking, or standing, tell your doctor right away. If you cannot reach your doctor, get urgent medical care.

               
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