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Efalizumab is a popular immunosuppressant that is more commonly known under the generic name of Efalizumab. Similar medicines are known to act on the patient's organism's immune system.
Efalizumab is a well known medicine that is generally prescribed to patients who are suffering from psoriasis. However, Efalizumab is known to sometimes serve some other medical purposes that have not been listed in this guide. Ask your personal health care specialist for more information about Efalizumab.
Before you start taking Efalizumab, you should alert your personal physician if you are suffering from any other medical condition, especially the following:
- Are currently receiving phototherapy;
- Are suffering from a suppressed immune system;
- Chronic or active bacterial, viral, or fungal infection;
If you are suffering from any of the medical conditions that have been listed here, you might not be allowed to start taking Efalizumab.
You should ask your personal physician how and when to take each of your doses of Efalizumab. Do not disobey any of your doctor's instructions. If you fail to understand some of them, you should ask a pharmacist, a nurse or a physician for more information. Store Efalizumab in a place that is away from heat and moisture (do not keep it in the bathroom or anywhere near the kitchen sink).
Efalizumab is generally administered in the form of a sub dermal injection. Your personal physician should give you a set of detailed instructions regarding the proper administration and preparation of Efalizumab. You will probably receive your injection of Efalizumab every 7 days. Do not stop your treatment with Efalizumab without your personal physician's consent, as this could have severe consequences.
Your personal healthcare provider will calculate the correct dose of Efalizumab that you should take in, in order to get the proper effects from your treatment with it. Do not make any alterations to the dose that your physician has prescribed you without his or her consent. Remember that the correct dose of Efalizumab can (and usually does) vary from one patient to another, as it depends on the severity of the disorder, the patient's general health condition, sex, age, etc.
If you suspect that you might be suffering from an overdose with Efalizumab, you should seek emergency medical attention. Contact your local poison control centre at once. Inform your personal physician as soon as possible if necessary, go to the nearest emergency room. If you are suffering from an overdose with Efalizumab you will probably experience vomiting and / or nausea.
In order to get the maximum benefit from your treatment with Efalizumab you ought to make sure that you use each and every one of your prescribed doses of Efalizumab at their due time. However, if you happen to miss using a dose of Efalizumab, we strongly recommend you to contact your personal health care specialist and ask him or her for further instructions (advice). You must not use double doses of Efalizumab without your personal physician's consent, as this is known to increase your risk of developing overdose with Efalizumab.
Patients who develop any symptoms of an infection (such as chills, fever, coughing, congestion, sore throat) or if they experience pain, redness, or swelling of a wound, difficult urination or burning during urination should alert their personal health care speicalist at once. Patients who are using Efalizumab are known to be more prone to develop some types of cancer (for example lymphoma). Ask your personal physician about the risks that are known to be involved by a prolonged treatment with Efalizumab.
Taking Efalizumab will severely decrease your normal number of blood platelets, triggering bleeding or easy bruising. If you happen to experience severe bruising or bleeding, pinpoint sub dermal red spots, nosebleeds, easy gum bleeding, or bloody, black, or tarry stools you should stop using Efalizumab and alert your personal physician at once. Patients who are suffering from psoriasis should not be allowed to start to follow a treatment with Efalizumab, as their initial psoriasis severity could worsen.
Patients who are using Efalizumab and who develop symptoms of a highly severe allergic reaction to Efalizumab (closing of the throat; hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of the tongue, lips, or face) should seek immediate medical care. A treatment with Efalizumab normally triggers symptoms such as nausea, headache, fever, chills, and muscle aches, joint pain, back pain and or swelling.
A patient who is currently following a treatment with Efalizumab should not be allowed to receive any type of vaccines without first consulting it with his or her personal health care specialist. Intake of Efalizumab could make vaccines less effective, and sometimes even harmful. Patients who are using Efalizumab on a regular basis should avoid coming into direct contact with other patients who have recently received "live" vaccines (such as nasal influenza vaccine, oral polio vaccine) because the virus could be easily transmitted through air. During your intake of Efalizumab you should avoid using any of these:
- Medications that are supposed to prevent your organism from rejecting a transplant;
- Medicines that are supposed to treat some other types of immune system medical disorders;
- Some types of cancer drugs;
Other Brand Names
In some countries Efalizumab may also be known as: