Alemtuzumab (By injection)
Treats multiple sclerosis.
Immunological Agent (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Alemtuzumab injection is used to treat the relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). This medicine will not cure MS, but it may slow some of the disabling effects and decrease the number of relapses of the disease.
This medicine is only available through a restricted access program. Doctors who are enrolled in the restricted program can write a prescription for this medicine.
Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although these uses are not included in product labeling, alemtuzumab is used in certain patients with the following medical conditions:
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
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 usually given for 2 treatment courses. The first treatment course is given for 5 consecutive days. Each treatment takes about 4 hours per day. The second treatment course is given 1 year later for 3 consecutive days.
This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Ask your pharmacist for a copy if you do not have one.
Missed dose: Call your doctor or pharmacist 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.
When Not To Use
It is not safe to take this medicine during pregnancy. It could harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Use an effective form of birth control to prevent pregnancy while you receive this medicine and for 4 months after your treatment ends.
This medicine may cause the following problems:Increased risk of autoimmune disease, such as thyroid disorders Infusion reactions that could be life-threatening Increased risk of cancer, including thyroid, skin, lymph nodes Kidney failure Lung disease
This medicine may make you bleed, bruise, or get infections more easily. You will be at risk for infections such as herpes, human papilloma virus (HPV), tuberculosis (TB), and fungal infections. Take precautions to prevent illness and injury. Wash your hands often.
You will need to have a TB skin test before you start this medicine. Tell your doctor if you or anyone in your home has ever had a positive TB skin test or been exposed to TB.
Tell your doctor if you have ever received alemtuzumab (Campath®) to treat leukemia.
Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments. You should also have skin checks for melanoma (skin cancer) each year. Women should have HPV screenings each year.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Chest pain, trouble breathing, or fast, slow, or uneven heartbeat
Swelling in your legs or feet
Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness
Yellow skin or eyes
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Dizziness, trouble sleeping
Rash, itching, or hives
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.
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