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Raptiva
Efalizumab - Subcutaneous Inj


Raptiva is used to treat adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. Raptiva is a man-made protein (monoclonal antibody) that decreases the actions of certain immune system cells (T lymphocytes). This action decreases the skin changes that are seen with plaque psoriasis.

 
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Uses
Raptiva is used to treat adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. Raptiva is a man-made protein (monoclonal antibody) that decreases the actions of certain immune system cells (T lymphocytes). This action decreases the skin changes that are seen with plaque psoriasis.


Storage
  • Refrigerate between 36 and 46 degrees F (2-8 degrees C) away from light.
  • Do not freeze.
  • Raptiva must be used immediately after mixing.
  • The mixed drug may be stored up to 8 hours at room temperature.
  • If not used within this time, discard the medicine and mix a brand new dose.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.


Overdose
  • If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • Symptoms of overdose may include severe vomiting.

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Raptiva Composition: Reconstitution
Raptiva Composition: Reconstitution

How To Use
  • Give Raptiva by injecting under (subcutaneously or SC) the skin of the thigh, abdomen, buttock, or upper arm, once a week; or use as directed by your doctor.
  • Your dose of efalizumab is based on your weight.
  • Tell your doctor if your weight changes.
  • Do not change your dose or stop taking Raptiva without talking to your doctor.
  • Follow all instructions for preparing Raptiva for injection.
  • Gently swirl the vial to mix Raptiva.
  • Do not shake.
  • If you have questions regarding the use of Raptiva, consult your pharmacist.
  • Before injecting each dose, clean the injection site with rubbing alcohol.
  • It is important to change the location of the injection site weekly.
  • Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration.
  • If either is present, do not use the liquid.
  • Use Raptiva regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • Remember to use it on the same day each week.
  • It may take up to four weeks before the full benefits of Raptiva take effect.
  • If your condition does not improve or worsens, contact your doctor.
  • Learn how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely.
  • Consult your pharmacist.
  • Read the Patient Information Leaflet available from your pharmacist and ask questions if any of the information is unclear.

Side Effects
  • Headache, chills, fever, nausea, vomiting, or muscle aches may occur during the first weeks, but then subside as your body adjusts to Raptiva.
  • Pain, acne, backache, weakness, or flu-like symptoms may occur.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
  • Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: joint pain or swelling, swelling of hands or feet.
  • Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: unusual bleeding or bruising, unusual lumps, swollen glands, changes in skin appearance other than psoriasis affected areas.
  • A serious allergic reaction to Raptiva is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.
  • Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing.
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before using Raptiva, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: current infections, blood problems (e.g., thrombocytopenia), history of cancer, immune system problems, currently on phototherapy, any allergies.
  • Raptiva should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
  • Based on information for related drugs, Raptiva may pass into breast milk.
  • Therefore, breast-feeding while using Raptiva is not recommended.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist immediately to establish a new dosing schedule.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Before using Raptiva, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: 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 Raptiva.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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