Generic Name: tocilizumab, Parenteral Solution

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Highlights for tocilizumab

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TOCILIZUMAB (TOE si LIZ ue mab) is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and certain types of arthritis in children. This medicine helps reduce joint pain and swelling. This medicine is often used with other medicines.
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Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any of these conditions.
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Know what to watch for and get tips for reducing your risks while taking this drug.
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tocilizumab Side Effects

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Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
  • fever or chills, sore throat
  • stomach pain
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • yellowing of the eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):

  • dizziness
  • headache
  • pain, redness, or irritation at site where injected
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tocilizumab May Interact with Other Medications

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Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • live virus vaccines

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • abatacept
  • adalimumab
  • anakinra
  • atorvastatin
  • certolizumab
  • cyclosporine
  • dextromethorphan
  • etanercept
  • golimumab
  • infliximab
  • lovastatin
  • medicines that lower the immune system
  • ofatumumab
  • omeprazole
  • oral contraceptives
  • rituximab
  • simvastatin
  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone
  • theophylline
  • tositumomab
  • vaccines
  • warfarin
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
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How to Use tocilizumab

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This medicine is for infusion into a vein or for injection under the skin. It is usually given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting. If you get this medicine at home, you will be taught how to prepare and give this medicine. Use exactly as directed. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

It is important that you put your used needles and syringes in a special sharps container. Do not put them in a trash can. If you do not have a sharps container, call your pharmacist or healthcare provider to get one.

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. While the drug may be prescribed for children as young as 2 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

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

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • cancer
  • diabetes
  • diverticulitis
  • 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
  • stroke
  • 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
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. If you give yourself the medicine and you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.

You will be tested for tuberculosis (TB) before you start this medicine. If your doctor prescribes any medicine for TB, you should start taking the TB medicine before starting this medicine. Make sure to finish the full course of TB medicine.

Talk to your doctor about your risk of cancer. You may be more at risk for certain types of cancers if you take this medicine.

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. This drug decreases your body's ability to fight infections. Try to avoid being around people who are sick.

You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children. If you are using this medicine at home, you will be instructed on how to store this medicine. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date on the label.

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How Much Does tocilizumab Cost?

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