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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.
- 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.
- 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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On Raptiva by Ed Dewke
Raptiva Composition: Reconstitution
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.