Sarilumab Auto-Injector 132 mg/mL (1.14 mL)
This medicine will be given to you at home.
This medicine is used by injecting it into the skin. Please ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist for the correct places on your body where this medicine can be injected.
Carefully follow the instructions for preparing this medicine before injection.
Always inspect the medicine before using.
The liquid should be clear or light yellow.
Do not use the medicine if it contains any particles or if it has changed color.
Check the medicine before each use. If the liquid medicine has any particles in it, appears discolored, or if the vial appears damaged, do not use it.
Do not shake the medicine before using.
Store new medicine in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it. Do not allow them to freeze.
Keep the medicine in its original container.
Do not store in the bathroom.
Protect medicine from light.
Take the medicine out of the refrigerator about 60 minutes before use to warm to room temperature.
Discard unused medicine after 14 days at room temperature.
Never use any medicine that has expired.
Please ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist how to discard unused medicines safely.
Wash your hands before and after handling this medicine.
Ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist to show you how to use this medicine correctly.
You or a family member can be trained to give this medicine at home.
Avoid injecting the medicine within 1 inch around the navel.
Do not inject into skin that is red, swollen or itchy.
Change the location of the injection each time. Choose a location at least 1 inch from the last injection.
Do not rub or massage the area where the injection was given.
It may take several weeks for this medicine to fully work.
It is important that you keep taking each dose of this medicine on time even if you are feeling well.
If you forget to take a dose on time, take it as soon as you remember. If it is more than 3 days, do not take the missed dose. Return to your normal dosing schedule.
Please tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the medicines you take. Include both prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Also tell them about any vitamins, herbal medicines, or anything else you take for your health.
If your symptoms do not improve or they worsen while on this medicine, contact your doctor.
Talk to your doctor before taking other medicines, including aspirins and ibuprofen containing products. Speak to your doctor about which medicines are safe to use while you are on this medicine.
Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine. Check with your doctor before stopping.
It is very important that you continue using this medicine for the full number of days that it is prescribed. Please do not stop the medicine even if you start to feel better after the first few days.
This medicine may decrease the effectiveness of some birth controls which use hormones (such as birth control pills and patches). Use an extra form of birth control, such as condoms, while on this medicine.
It is very important that you follow your doctor's instructions for all blood tests.
It is very important that you keep all appointments for medical exams and tests while on this medicine.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include trouble breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness.
Your doctor should check you for tuberculosis (TB) before you start this medicine and while you are using it. Tell your doctor if you are being treated for TB or any other infection.
Some patients on this medicine have developed severe, life-threatening infections. Please speak with your doctor about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
Some patients taking this medicine have experienced serious side effects. Please speak with your doctor to understand the risks and benefits associated with this medicine.
Do not use the medication any more than instructed.
This medicine may reduce your body's ability to fight infections. Try to avoid contact with people with colds, flu or other infections.
Contact your doctor if you develop any signs of a new infection such as fever, cough, sore throat, or chills.
Wash your hands often and avoid close contact with people with infections such as colds and flu.
Speak with your health care provider before receiving any vaccinations.
Tell the doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant, or breastfeeding.
Ask your pharmacist if this medicine can interact with any of your other medicines. Be sure to tell them about all the medicines you take.
Please tell all your doctors and dentists that you are on this medicine before they provide care.
Do not start or stop any other medicines without first speaking to your doctor or pharmacist.
Call your doctor right away if you notice any unusual bleeding or bruising.
Used needles and syringes should be thrown away properly in a medical waste container. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you need help.
Do not share this medicine with anyone who has not been prescribed this medicine.
This medicine can cause serious side effects in some patients. Important information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is available from your pharmacist. Please review it carefully with your pharmacist to understand the risks associated with this medicine.
The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.
- reaction at the area of the injection (pain, redness, swelling)
Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:
- severe abdominal or pelvic pain
- fever or chills
- flu-like symptoms
- severe or persistent headache
- pain near injection site
- shortness of breath
- sore throat
- upper respiratory infection
A few people may have an allergic reactions to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.
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