Actemra Medication Information
If you have moderate to severe active rheumatoid arthritis, your healthcare provider may prescribe Actemra® (tocilizumab). This medicine is specifically approved for use when certain other arthritis treatments have failed.
Your healthcare provider will administer Actemra intravenously via an IV infusion (also known as an IV drip) that lasts 60 minutes, once every four weeks. Common side effects of this drug include headaches, infections, and high blood pressure.
Before starting treatment, it's important to review Actemra's safety information. This medication may not be suitable for everyone, so make sure your healthcare provider is aware if you have any other medical condition (such as diabetes or high cholesterol) or are taking any other type of medicine (including nonprescription products, herbal supplements, or vitamins).
(For more information on this medication, click Actemra. This article gives a more in-depth discussion, explaining how Actemra works for rheumatoid arthritis, what to expect while taking it, and what you can do to ensure a safe treatment process.)