What to expect from your first IV infusion
Before starting treatment, your healthcare provider should review the ACTEMRA Medication Guide with you. He or she should discuss how treatment will work and any possible side effects you may experience.
Before your IV infusion
Here are some tips for your first IV infusion appointment:
- Arrive a little bit early to take care of any paperwork
- Bring your insurance card or any ACTEMRA co-pay program cards every time you get an IV infusion
- Wear comfortable clothing, if possible
- Your IV infusion will last about 1 hour. You may want to bring music, a book, or some games to help you pass the time
- Write down any questions you have for your healthcare provider or IV infusion specialist. Since they’ll be around to monitor you, this is a great time to get answers
Your ACTEMRA IV infusion dose is based on your weight, so before every infusion you’ll be weighed. If your weight changes, you and your healthcare provider will decide if a change in dose is necessary.
During your IV infusion
A healthcare provider or nurse should always be on hand during your ACTEMRA IV infusion to monitor you and to respond to any reactions and answer any questions you may have. It’s important to pay close attention to how you’re feeling during and after an IV infusion. ACTEMRA may lead to serious allergic reactions, including death, that may happen even if they have not happened before. Let your healthcare provider or nurse know if you’re experiencing:
- Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
- Swelling of lips, tongue, or face
- Chest pain
- Feeling dizzy or faint
- Moderate or severe abdominal pain or vomiting
After your IV infusion
Note how you’re feeling after each ACTEMRA IV infusion. Tell your healthcare provider or nurse right away if you’re experiencing any reactions during or after treatment.
Before you start on ACTEMRA IV infusions, your healthcare provider will do a variety of blood tests. The chart below shows how often these tests will occur after you start treatment.