Natalizumab review

Natalizumab is a prescribed drug that belongs to the category of medicines called immune modulators. It is used to treat and prevent symptoms of multiple sclerosis and Chrohn’s disease. Nazalizumab only prevents the symptoms but cannot be used to cure MS and Chrohn’s disease. This drug prevents the spreading of a cell to the immune system which causes damage to the brain and spinal cord.

Natalizumab is a drug injected to patients suffering from multiple sclerosis or MS. Natalizumab is being distributed under the brand name Tysabri. This drug prevents or slows down the effect associated with having an MS. Multiple sclerosis is a disease that causes disability to a person such as loss of bladder control, loss of muscle coordination, weakness of the body, and also affects normal vision.

This drug is in a form of concentrated solution which is diluted and being inject to the veins. Natalizumab is usually given once in every four weeks in an infusion center or hospital. It usually takes an hour to complete the infusion. In most cases, you need to stay at the hospital or clinic for an hour after infusion so that the doctor can monitor any signs of side effects.

If you have missed a scheduled infusion, you must immediately inform your doctor.

Using Natalizumab may cause several side effects. Some of the side effects are less serious like heartburn, stomach pain, headache, diarrhea, constipation, depression, night sweats, tiredness, white vaginal discharge, sudden pain in the arms or legs, weight loss or weight gain, cold sores, difficulty in urinating, and irregular menstruation.

There are also serious side effects that may occur. Some of these include chest pain, sore throat, dizziness, flushing, chills, vomiting, nausea, yellowing of the skin or eyes, difficulty in breathing, and darkening of the urine.

There might be other side effects that may occur that is not included in this article. If you experience any of these side effects, contact or visit your doctor the soonest time possible.

Certain precautions should be observed before undergoing medication with Natalizumab. Inform your doctor if you are allergic to the drug and other medicines. This includes vitamins, herbal products and nutritional products. This will help your doctor to decide on the proper dosage and also to monitor any unusual reactions or side effects it may cause.

It is also important to inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are breast feeding prior to medication. In case you become pregnant while under medication with Natalizumab, inform your doctor immediately.

Do not take any kind of vaccinations without consulting your doctor. You must always visit your doctor as scheduled and undergo any medical tests required for your treatment. This is to get the best benefit from your medication.

If you need to undergo surgery, inform your surgeon that you are using Natalizumab. This drug may affect your alertness so it is best to avoid driving or doing other extreme activities that needs normal alertness.

Brand name(s): Tysabri

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