How Tocilizumab works
Common side effects of Tocilizumab
EXPERT ADVICE FOR TOCILIZUMAB
- it is give as a drip (intravenous infusion) or as an injection directly into a vein.
You may be ask for regular blood tests to check blood counts, cholesterol level and liver functioning during the treatment.
- It might make you feel dizzy. If this happens, avoid driving or operating on machinery.
- It makes it hard to fight with an infection. Inform your doctor if you notice fever, cough or stomach pain.
- Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
Do not stop taking medicine without talking to your doctor first.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR TOCILIZUMAB
Q. Who should be treat with Tocilizumab?
it should be give for treating patients suffering from moderate to severe Covid-19 infection who have persistent reduction in their oxygen levels (a condition called hypoxia) that continues to get worse. The hypoxia may continue to get worsen even after 24 to 48 hours of treatment with corticosteroids and supportive care.
Q. Is Tocilizumab recommended for all Covid-19 patients? If not, why?
No, it is not recommend for all Covid-19 patients. This is because Tocilizumab has its own potential health hazards. tablet can lead to persistent serious infection and prolong multiplication and shedding of the virus causing infection, so, it must be give only if the benefits outweigh the risks involved.
Q. What are the side effects of Tocilizumab?
The potential side effects of tablet include anaphylaxis (serious allergic reaction) with infusion, transaminitis (very high levels of liver enzymes due to which they start moving into the bloodstream), leukopenia (a condition where a person has reduced white blood cells and hence increased risk for infections) and neutropenia (a condition where a person has abnormally low number of cells called neutrophils, that fight infections in our body). Some other side effects are risk of serious bacterial infections, viral infections and reactivation of tuberculosis (TB) virus.
Q. Who should not be give Tocilizumab?
it should not be give to patients who have or ever had abnormal levels of liver enzymes (transaminitis), platelet counts (<50000), or if they have TB, or any active bacterial or viral infection. The use of tablet is contraindicate in pregnancy and breastfeeding mothers too, owing to its risk of developing serious complications.
Q. What to do if there is no improvement seen after giving Tocilizumab too?
Your doctor will decide the next course of action if there is no improvement seen even after giving Tocilizumab. it will prevent inflammation of the lungs but will not cure the damage already done due to the existing disease. Recovery of the lungs takes time to improve. Persistent breathlessness after Tocilizumab administration requires further evaluation of patients for other lung-related issues (pulmonary intravascular coagulopathy) or heart-related problems (cardiac dysfunctions). Any other bacterial infections that might have occurr should also be treated separately.