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Last Updated : 10/14/2016

General Information on Obiltoxaximab

Generic Name : Obiltoxaximab

Latest prescription information about Obiltoxaximab. 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.

Trade Names/Brand Names of Obiltoxaximab

Anthim

Why is Obiltoxaximab Prescribed? (Indications)

Obiltoxaximab is a monoclonal antibody which is prescribed for the treatment of inhalational anthrax caused due to Bacillus anthracis in combination with antibacterial drugs. It is also used for prevention of inhalational anthrax when there is no alternate therapy for the treatment. 

When should Obiltoxaximab not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Obiltoxaximab should be avoided in patients who are allergic to the drug.

What is the dosage of Obiltoxaximab?

The recommended dose of obiltoxaximab for adult patients is 16mg/kg to be administered intravenously over 90 minutes as a single dose.

The dose for children is calculated according to their body weight.

Body Weight Dose
> 40 kgs 16mg/kg
> 15 kg to < 40kg 24mg/kg
≤ 15kgs 32mg/kg

How should Obiltoxaximab be taken?

Premedication with diphenhydramine is done prior to the intravenous administration of obiltoxaximab to prevent allergic reaction.
Obiltoxaximab comes in the form of an injection which must be diluted with 0.9% sodium chloride injection before administration.

What are the warnings and precautions for Obiltoxaximab?

Obiltoxaximab does not have antibacterial activity and therefore should be used in combination with antibacterial drugs.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before you are administered the drug.
Obiltoxaximab injection should be given for prophylaxis (prevention) of inhalational anthrax only if it outweighs the risk of an allergic reaction.

What are the side effects of Obiltoxaximab?

  General: Swelling or pain in the infusion site, headache, fever.
  Respiratory system: Cough, upper respiratory tract infections, nasal congestion, runny nose, difficulty in breathing.
  Cardiovascular system: Discomfort or pain in the chest, bluish discoloration of the skin due to inadequate oxygen supply in blood, irregular heartbeats.
  Musculoskeletal system: Muscle pain.
  Gastrointestinal system: Dry mouth, vomiting.
  Central Nervous system: Dizziness.
  Blood: Decreased white blood cell count (decreased lymphocyte and neutrophil count).
  Skin: Itching of the skin and skin rashes.

What are the other precautions for Obiltoxaximab?

Premedication with diphenhydramine is done prior to the administration of obiltoxaximab injection to delay or mask the symptoms of hypersensitivity (allergic reactions).

What are the Drug Interactions of Obiltoxaximab?

Obiltoxaximab is administered along with antibacterial drugs like ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin and doxycycline for the treatment of inhalational anthrax.

What are the storage conditions of Obiltoxaximab?

Store the obiltoxaximab injection in a refrigerator at 2 - 8 C. Do not freeze or shake the injection and protect it from excess light.

Last Updated : 10/14/2016

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