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Tocilizumab

Information

Uses

Tocilizumab is used in the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis (silvery scaly skin rash), ulcerative colitis and crohn disease

How it works

Tocilizumab blocks the action of certain chemical messengers that are responsible for inflammation, swelling and redness associated with certain joint diseases.

Common side effects

Headache, Increased blood pressure, Nasopharyngitis, Upper respiratory tract infection, Sinus inflammation, Rash, Injection site reaction

Available Medicine

No medicine available

Expert advice

  • Seek immediate medical attention if you develop allergic reactions such as chest tightness, wheezing, severe dizziness or light-headedness, swelling of the lips, tongue, face or skin itching, hives or rash during or after the injection.
  • Take necessary precautions as tocilizumab can increase the chance of getting a new infection or reduce your body’s ability to respond to infections.
  • Inform your doctor if you have any kind of infection, tuberculosis, intestinal ulcers, liver or kidney disease, persistent headache.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery as tocilizumab may cause dizziness.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions

Tocilizumab

Q. Is tocilizumab a chemo drug/ cytotoxic?
No. Tocilizumab is not a chemo or cytotoxic drug

Q. Does tocilizumab cause hair loss/ weight gain?
Tocilizumab does not cause hair loss but it known to increase the weight.


Content on this page was last updated on 13 January, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)