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Brand name: Actemra TM

Active ingredients: tocilizumab

What it is used for

Rheumatoid Arthritis (IV and SC formulations),ACTEMRA is indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in adult patients in combination with methotrexate (MTX) or other non-biological disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) in case of either an inadequate response or intolerance to previous therapy with one or more DMARDs.,ACTEMRA is indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe active rheumatoid arthritis in adult patients with poor prognostic factors (see section 5.1 Pharmacodynamic Properties, Clinical Trials) in combination with MTX in those not previously treated with MTX.,In the two groups of patients above, ACTEMRA can be given as monotherapy in case of intolerance to MTX or where continued treatment with MTX is inappropriate.,ACTEMRA has been shown to inhibit the progression of joint damage in adults, as measured by X-ray, when given in combination with methotrexate.,Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (IV and SC formulations),Actemra is indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe active polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis in patients 2 years of age and older who have had an inadequate response to or intolerance to methotrexate (MTX). Actemra can be given alone or in combination with MTX.,Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (IV formulation only),ACTEMRA is indicated for the treatment of active systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis in patients 2 years of age and older. ACTEMRA can be given alone or in combination with methotrexate (MTX).

How to take it

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

  • The way to take this medicine: Intravenous Infusion
  • Store at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius
  • Do not Freeze
  • Protect from Light
  • Refrigerate
  • Shelf lifetime is 30 Months.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

Clear to opalescent, colourless to pale yellow liquid

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Is this medicine subsidised?

This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on December 1, 2018. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient tocilizumab

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

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Reporting side effects

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