When could your child expect relief?
It’s important to keep in mind that individual results may vary.
So when your child is taking ACTEMRA, be sure to keep up with his or her treatment schedule and blood test appointments. Staying on top of your child’s treatment plan is the best way to get the most out of ACTEMRA.
Monitoring for side effects
Pay attention to how your child is feeling during and after every infusion appointment or injection. And let your child's doctor or nurse know right away if your child is having any reactions.
Important Side Effect Information | Changes in Blood Test Results
Your healthcare provider should do blood tests before you start receiving ACTEMRA. If you have polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (PJIA) you will have blood tests done every 4 to 8 weeks during treatment. If you have systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (SJIA) you will have blood tests done every 2 to 4 weeks during treatment. These blood tests are to check for the following side effects of ACTEMRA:
- Low neutrophil count: neutrophils are white blood cells that help the body fight infection
- Low platelet count: platelets are blood cells that help with clotting, which stops bleeding
- Increase in liver function test levels
- Increase in blood cholesterol levels: your cholesterol levels should be checked 4 to 8 weeks after you start receiving ACTEMRA.
Your healthcare provider will determine how often you will have follow-up blood tests. Make sure you get all your follow-up blood tests done as ordered by your healthcare provider.
You should not receive ACTEMRA if your neutrophil and platelet counts are too low or your liver function test levels are too high. Changes in blood test results may cause your healthcare provider to stop your ACTEMRA treatment for a time or change your dose.
Please see Important Safety and Side Effect Information. For additional Important Safety Information, please see full Prescribing Information, including BOXED WARNING and Medication Guide.