Basiliximab - Drug Information

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General Information on Basiliximab

Generic Name : Basiliximab

Pronunciation : bass-ih-lix-ih-mab

Latest prescription information about Basiliximab. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y43.4 | Therapeutic Classification : Immunosuppressants

Trade Names/Brand Names of Basiliximab

International- Simulect.

Why is Basiliximab Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a monoclonal antibody, prescribed for prevention of rejection in renal transplant patients.  It prevents transplanted organ by decreasing the activity of the body's immune system.

When should Basiliximab not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category B :

Animal studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and appropriate studies on pregnant women are lacking.

What is the dosage of Basiliximab?

Adult: IV- The recommended dose is 20 mg within 2 hours before transplant. Repeat once 4 days later.

How should Basiliximab be taken?

It comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein.

What are the warnings and precautions for Basiliximab?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of allergy, elderly, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may affect blood sugar, monitor sugar level regularly while taking this medication.
Avoid contact with people who have infection.

What are the side effects of Basiliximab?

   Most Common : Pimples, constipation, diarrhea, headache, indigestion, nausea, runny nose, sleeplessness, stomach pain, tremor and vomiting.
   Gastrointestinal : Abdominal pain.
   Body as a Whole : Swelling in the extremities, fever and viral infection.
   Metabolic : Increase in blood sugar/fat/potassium level.
   Genitourinary : Urinary tract infection.
   Respiratory : Difficulty in breathing and upper respiratory tract infection.
   Skin : Surgical wound complications.
   Heart : High blood pressure.
   Blood : Anemia, bleeding, bruising and decrease in platelets.

What are the other precautions for Basiliximab?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Basiliximab?

Store it in refrigerator (2 to 8C), and in an airtight container.

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