Natalizumab (By injection)
Treats Crohn disease and multiple sclerosis (MS).
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will prescribe your dose and schedule. This medicine is given through a needle placed in a vein.
- A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.
- This medicine is injected slowly, so the needle will need to remain in place for about an hour.
- You will need to stay at the clinic or office for 1 hour after you receive this medicine, to make sure you do not have any serious side effects.
- This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Ask your pharmacist for a copy if you do not have one.
- Missed dose:This medicine needs to be given on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose, call your doctor, home health caregiver, or treatment clinic for instructions.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Some foods and medicines can affect how natalizumab works. Tell your doctor if you are using medicine that weakens your immune system, such as mitoxantrone, azathioprine, methotrexate, cyclophosphamide, mycophenolate mofetil, cyclosporine, mercaptopurine.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have liver disease, a fever, or any kind of infection. Tell your doctor if you have a weak immune system (may be caused by HIV/AIDS, cancer, or an organ transplant).
- This medicine may cause the following problems:
- Higher risk for infections
- Infections of the brain or nervous system, including PML, encephalitis, or meningitis
- Liver damage
- Your doctor will check your progress and the effects of this medicine at regular visits. Keep all appointments.
- Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine.
- You may need to have an MRI scan before you start using this medicine.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Dark urine or pale stools, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach pain, yellow skin or eyes
- Fever, chills, runny or stuffy nose, cough, sore throat, and body aches
- Fever, headache, confusion
- Warmth or redness in your face, neck, arms, or upper chest, dizziness
- Weakness on one side of your body, clumsiness, trouble seeing or vision changes, confusion, memory problems, unusual behavior
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Joint or muscle pain
- Diarrhea or upset stomach
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Pain, itching, burning, swelling, bleeding, or a lump under your skin where the needle is placed
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
- Last reviewed on 10/12/2016
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