Raxibacumab (Injection)

Introduction

Raxibacumab (rax-i-BAK-ue-mab)

Treats and prevents inhaled anthrax.

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to raxibacumab.

How to Use This Medicine

Injectable

  • A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
  • The medicine must be given slowly, so your IV tube will need to stay in place for 2 hours and 15 minutes. You may also receive medicines beforehand (such as diphenhydramine, Benadryl®) to help prevent possible allergic reactions to the injection.
  • This medicine comes with patient instructions. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, or if you have any other medical problems.
  • This medicine may cause skin reactions, such as a rash or itching, while you are receiving the injection or within 24 hours after you receive it. Check with your doctor or nurse right away if you have these symptoms.

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
  • Rash

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Pain in your arms or legs
  • Pain, itching, burning, swelling, or a lump under your skin where the needle is placed
  • Sleepiness

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

Version Info

  • Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013

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This page was last updated: June 18, 2013

         
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