Ocrevus (ocrelizumab) intravenous: uses, side effects
It is very important that your doctor checks your progress at regular visits to make sure this medicine is working properly. Blood and urine tests may be needed to check for any side effects.
This medicine can cause a rare but serious type of allergic reaction called an infusion reaction. This can be life threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Tell your doctor right away if you start having a cough, difficulty swallowing, sore throat, dizziness, headache, nausea, fast heart rate, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, swelling of the face or hands, fever, chills, itchy skin, flushing. , rash or hives, dizziness or fainting, or unusual tiredness or weakness while you are taking this medicine.
Receiving this medicine while you are pregnant may harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control to avoid becoming pregnant while taking this medicine and for 6 months after the last dose. If you think you may have become pregnant while receiving this medicine, tell your doctor straight away.
This medication may increase your risk of developing infections. Avoid being near sick or infected people while using this medicine. Wash your hands often. Also tell your doctor if you’ve ever had an infection that wouldn’t go away or an infection that kept coming back.
See your doctor right away if you have ear congestion, chills, cough, chest tightness, fever, sneezing, sore throat, aches or pains, headache, loss of voice, a runny or stuffy nose, unusual tiredness or weakness, or difficulty breathing. . These could be symptoms of a lung infection.
This medicine may increase your risk of infection with herpes. Tell your doctor right away if you have fever, blisters, burning, scabs, irritation, itching, redness, tingling or swelling of the skin, painful cold sores or blisters on the lips, nose, eyes, genitals or trunk of the body, rash, pain or itching, changes in vision, confusion, eye pain or redness, headache or stiff neck.
See your doctor if you have weakness on one side of your body, clumsiness, blurred vision, changes in thinking, memory problems, confusion, or personality changes. These could be symptoms of a serious and rare brain infection called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML).
This medicine can cause hepatitis B virus reactivation. Tell your doctor right away if you have any symptoms of liver problems, such as yellow skin or eyes, dark brown colored urine, stomach pain on the right side, fever or intense fatigue.
While you are being treated with ocrelizumab and after stopping treatment, do not get vaccinated (vaccinations) without your doctor’s approval. You may receive live or live attenuated vaccines at least 4 weeks or non-live vaccines at least 2 weeks before starting this medicine. Ocrelizumab can lower your body’s resistance and you may get the infection that the vaccination is supposed to prevent. Also, other people living in your household should not take the oral polio vaccine because they could give you the polio virus. Also avoid people who have taken the oral polio vaccine within the last few months. Don’t approach them or stay in the same room with them for very long. If you cannot take these precautions, you should consider wearing a protective mask that covers your nose and mouth.
Using this medicine may increase your risk of developing cancer (eg breast cancer). Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns about this risk.
Do not take any other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medications [OTC]) herbal or vitamin medications and supplements.