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Why it is prescribed :
This medication is a tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blocker, prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, moderate to severe ulcerative colitis either alone or with other medications.
It blocks a protein named as TNF-alpha in the body
When it is not to be taken (Contraindications):
Contraindicated in patients with severe infection, using another TNF blocker and hypersensitivity.
Category B :
Animal studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and appropriate studies on pregnant women are lacking.
Dosage & When it is to be taken (Indications):
SC- The recommended dose is 50 mg monthly.
How it should be taken :
It comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider under the skin.
Warnings and Precautions :
• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of tuberculosis, jaundice, heart problem, sugar, HIV, cancer, tingling, nervousness, autoimmune disorder, blood disorder, who are taking other medication, any allergy, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause dizziness or vision problem, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Avoid excess dosage.
Change injection sites.
Patient may develop with increased risk of blood cancer with the following symptoms: unusual bruising, unusual lumps or swelling, unusual tiredness or weakness, weight loss. If it is so consult with your doctor.
It may reduce platelet counts; avoid bruising or injury while taking this medication.
Side Effects :
• Most Serious
Severe infection and tumor.
Upper respiratory tract infection/inflammation.
Increased liver enzymes level.
High blood pressure.
• Central Nervous System
Dizziness and tingling.
♦• Miscellaneous: Sarcoidosis.
Other Precautions :
Avoid vaccination while taking this medication.
Monitor liver function, complete blood count regularly while taking this medication.
Storage Conditions :
Store it in refrigerator (2°C to 8°C) and in an airtight container.
♦ Safety Labeling Changes Approved By FDA