What is this medicine?
RAVULIZUMAB (rav ue LIZ ue mab) is a monoclonal antibody. It is used to treat a rare kind of anemia called paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria or PNH. It may help prevent the loss of blood in patients with PNH.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.
Talk to your pediatrician about the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
signs and symptoms of infection like fever or chills; cough; sore throat; pain or trouble passing urine
signs and symptoms of low blood pressure like dizziness; feeling faint or lightheaded, falls; unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
What may interact with this medicine?
Interactions are not expected.
What if I miss a dose?
Keep appointments for follow-up doses as directed. It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or healthcare professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.
Where should I keep my medicine?
This medicine is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
not received meningococcal vaccine
an unusual or allergic reaction to ravulizumab, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Tell your doctor of healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.
Call your doctor or health care professional for advice if you get a fever, chills or sore throat, or other symptoms of a cold or flu. Do not treat yourself. This drug decreases your body's ability to fight infections. Try to avoid being around people who are sick.