Actemra Warnings and Precautions
If you get frequent infections or have a history of cancer in your family, your healthcare provider may choose not to prescribe Actemra. Other warnings and precautions for this medication apply to people with certain allergies and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. To avoid any complications, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about possible safety concerns before using this medication.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Actemra?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Actemra® (tocilizumab) if you have:
- Stomach or intestinal ulcers
- A history of tuberculosis or hepatitis B
- Any current infection
- Infections that come and go (such as cold sores)
- Any disease that affects the immune system, such as diabetes, cancer, HIV, or AIDS
- A history of any type of cancer
- Plans to receive vaccinations
- Liver disease, such as hepatitis, liver failure, or cirrhosis
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- High cholesterol
- Lived or traveled in certain areas of the country (such as the Ohio and Mississippi River Valleys or the Southwest) where there is a high risk for certain fungal infections
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.