General Information on Taking Your DosageSome considerations for people taking Actemra include the following:
- Actemra comes in injectable form in vials. Your healthcare provider will administer it intravenously via an IV infusion (also known as an IV drip) that lasts 60 minutes, once every two or four weeks.
- For IV use, your healthcare provider will dilute Actemra in a sodium chloride solution, but no other medications should be directly added to the IV.
- This medication also comes in prefilled syringes for subcutaneous injection for RA treatment only, given once a week or every other week.
- For subcutaneous use, choose an injection site on the front of the thighs or abdomen (stomach), excluding two inches around your navel. The arm can also be used, but only if a healthcare provider is giving the injection. Don't try to do a subcutaneous injection into the arm by yourself.
- Choose a new injection site that is at least an inch away from the previous site for each new subcutaneous injection. Do not inject into moles, scars, bruises, or areas where the skin is tender, red, hard, or injured.
- For this medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage or Actemra dosing in general, please talk with your healthcare provider, nurse, or pharmacist.