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Tysabri is a monoclonal antibody that regulates the body’s immune system. This medicine is extensively used in the treatment of relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis.
Important facts to keep in mind while prescribing this drug:
Tysabri increases the risk of serious viral infection of the brain which may result in disability or even death of an individual in case the patient has a weak immune system. Never miss any scheduled visit to the doctor as regular monitoring of your health is necessary to check whether you are suffering from any symptoms of side effects or not. Contact your physician if you experience any signs of infection such as chills, stuffy nose, fever, pain, swelling, painful urination, redness, sore throat and pain. Administration of this medicine should strictly be avoided in case you have suffered from progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy which is a brain infection. Inform your doctor if you are suffering from any of the following diseases or conditions before taking this medicine: –
• Herpes or shingles;
• Lymphoma, leukemia;
• Recent organ transplant;
• Chemotherapy or radiation;
• Taking steroid medicine.
Tysabri falls under FDA pregnancy category C which means that this drug may cause harm to the fetus during the period of pregnancy. Tysabri medicine can even pass into breast milk so do not take this medicine when you are breast feeding your baby until and unless prescribed by the doctor.
How to take this medicine?
Tysabri is usually available in the form of injections. The medicine is passed into the vein through the syringe. You need to undergo through an MRI before taking the first dose of Tysabri medicine in order to ensure whether you are having any symptoms of a brain infection.
What are the possible side effects of this medicine?
Tysabri may exhibit various side effects which may include the following: –
• Signs of allergic reactions in the body such as swelling of face, lips, throat and tongue, breathing problems, hives, skin rash, nausea, vomiting, itching, fever, dizziness and fainting.
• Signs of infection such as fever, body aches, flu symptoms, chills, cough, pain, redness, swelling, painful urination and sore throat.
• Sudden change in vision, mental state, balance and strength.
• White patches inside the mouth.
• Easy bleeding.
• Tooth pain.