Your healthcare professional will take blood tests every 4 to 8 weeks for the first 6 months following the start of treatment and then every 3 months after that. If you are taking ACTEMRA for subcutaneous use (SC), make sure to keep an eye out for possible side effects.
Serious Allergic Reactions
ACTEMRA may lead to serious allergic reactions, including death. These events may happen with any treatment, even if they have not happened before. If you had hives, rash, or flushing after an injection, tell your healthcare professional before your next dose.
Let your healthcare professional or nurse know right away, or contact 911 immediately, if you’re experiencing:
- Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
- Swelling of the lips, tongue, or face
- Chest pain
- Feeling dizzy or faint
- Moderate or severe abdominal pain or vomiting
The most common side effects include:
- Upper respiratory tract infections (common cold, sinus infections)
- Increased blood pressure (hypertension)
- Injection site reactions
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
You may also report side effects to Genentech at 1-888-835-2555.