efalizumab - subcutaneous injection, Raptiva (cont.)
PRECAUTIONS: Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: current infections (e.g., PML), blood problems (e.g., thrombocytopenia), history of cancer, immune system problems, currently on phototherapy.Do not have immunizations/vaccinations without the consent of your doctor while using this medication. Avoid contact with people who have recently received live vaccines (such as flu vaccine inhaled through the nose).This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Tell your doctor immediately if you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant while using this medication, or if you become pregnant within 6 weeks of stopping treatment.It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.Some products that may interact with this drug include: live vaccines, drugs that suppress immune system (e.g., prednisone, cyclosporine).This product can affect the results of certain lab tests. Make sure laboratory personnel and your doctors know you use this drug.
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