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- What is tocilizumab, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for tocilizumab?
- Is tocilizumab available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for tocilizumab?
- What are the side effects of tocilizumab?
- What is the dosage for tocilizumab?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with tocilizumab?
- Is tocilizumab safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about tocilizumab?
What is the dosage for tocilizumab?
The recommended dose of tocilizumab is 4-8 mg/kg administered as a single 60 minute intravenous infusion every 4 weeks.
Which drugs or supplements interact with tocilizumab?
Tocilizumab has not been studied in combination with other similar drugs that block other chemicals that promote inflammation, for example, drugs that block TNF (for example, adalimumab [Humira]). Combining anakinra (Kineret), abatacept (Orencia), rituximab (Rituxan) with other antirheumatic drugs similar to tocilizumab resulted in a reduction in white blood cells in the blood (neutropenia), serious infections and no additional benefit. Tocilizumab may interfere with the effectiveness of vaccines. Live vaccines, including attenuated vaccines, should not be given to patients receiving tocilizumab.
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