This is not a complete list of all the things to know before using the ACTEMRA prefilled syringe or ACTEMRA ACTPen® autoinjector. Remember to download the Instructions for Use or watch the ACTEMRA SC Training Videos for more guidance.
If you have any questions or concerns about your ACTEMRA prefilled syringe or ACTPen autoinjector, please contact your healthcare provider familiar with ACTEMRA or call 1-800-ACTEMRA.
Before the injection
Make sure to check:
- The expiration date on the ACTEMRA prefilled syringe or ACTPen autoinjector. Do not use it if the expiration date has passed because it may not be safe to use
- The liquid in the ACTEMRA prefilled syringe or ACTPen autoinjector. It should be clear and colorless to pale yellow. Do not inject ACTEMRA if the liquid is cloudy, discolored, or has lumps or particles in it because it may not be safe to use
- Do not use the ACTPen autoinjector if it appears to be damaged or if you have accidentally dropped the ACTPen autoinjector
Blood test. At the start of your child's ACTEMRA treatment, his or her doctor will do blood tests every 4-8 weeks.
Reviewing safety. Before your child starts on ACTEMRA, make sure you review the ACTEMRA Medication Guide. Take note of the following sections:
- "What is the most important information I should know about ACTEMRA?"
- "Before you receive ACTEMRA, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions"
Choose an injection site. The front of your child’s thigh and abdomen–except for the 2-inch area around his or her navel–as well as the outer areas of the upper arms, are the recommended injection sites. The outer area of the upper arms may also be used only if the injection is being given by a caregiver. Do not attempt to inject into the upper arm area by yourself. Choose a different injection site for each new injection at least 1 inch from the last area injected. Refer to the Instructions for Use or the ACTEMRA SC Injection Training Videos for more guidance.
Prepare injection site:
- To reduce the chance of your child getting an infection, wipe the injection site with an alcohol pad in a circular motion
- Let injection site air-dry
- Do not touch the injection site again before giving the injection
- Do not fan or blow on the clean area
Provide distraction. Distract your child with a favorite game or song to help reduce pain and keep your child calm.
During and after the injection
Remember to keep an eye out for any side effects during and after your child’s injection. Allergic reactions may happen even if they have not happened before. Please seek immediate medical attention if your child starts to experience any serious allergic reaction, including:
- Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
- Swelling of lips, tongue, or face
- Chest pain
- Feeling dizzy or faint
- Moderate or severe stomach pain or vomiting
Please refer to the Instructions for Use for more information.