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Actemra Dosing InformationThe dose of Actemra that your healthcare provider recommends may vary, depending on your weight and how you respond to the medication (especially if you develop certain side effects).
(Click Actemra Dosage for more information.)
Are There Side Effects?
As with any medicine, Actemra may cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, many people tolerate it quite well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common, but do sometimes occur.
Some of the most common side effects include but are not limited to:
- High liver enzymes (found using a blood test)
- High blood pressure (hypertension).
(Click Actemra Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Drug InteractionsActemra can potentially interact with a few other medications (see Actemra Drug Interactions).
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Actemra?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Actemra 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 (see Actemra and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Actemra and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medication you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Actemra Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)