Before the infusion appointment
Make infusions less stressful for your child. Because ACTEMRA is given over the course of an hour, here are some tips to make the infusion appointment more comfortable for you and your child.
- Have your child wear comfortable clothing
- Arrive early to fill out any paperwork
- This will keep your appointment running smoothly
- Bring entertainment for your child
- Music, a book, or games will make the time fly by
- Bring up any questions you have with your child’s doctor and nurses
- They’ll be on hand to monitor your child, so use the visit to get answers
At the infusion appointment
Blood test. At the start of your child’s ACTEMRA treatment, his or her doctor will do blood tests every 2-4 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"
Monitoring. While receiving treatment, a doctor or nurse will monitor your child. ACTEMRA may lead to serious allergic reactions, including death. These events may happen at any infusion, even if they have not happened before. Let your doctor or nurse know if your child is experiencing:
- Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
- Swelling of the lips, tongue, or face
- Chest pain
- Feeling dizzy or faint
- Moderate or severe stomach pain or vomiting
However, a doctor or nurse should always be on hand during your child’s infusion to respond to any reactions and answer any questions you may have.
After the infusion appointment
Monitoring. Pay attention to how your child is feeling during and after every infusion. Let the doctor or nurse know right away if your child is having any reactions such as shortness of breath.
Scheduling. Remember to schedule your child’s next ACTEMRA infusion appointment and lab tests.