Raptiva Medication - Uses & Side Effects
Generic Name: Efalizumab
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To avoid an allergic reaction the first time you inject Raptiva, the recommended initial dose is 0.7 milligrams per 2.2 pounds of body weight. Thereafter, the recommended dose is 1 milligram per 2.2 pounds of body weight, injected once a week.
Uses of Raptiva
Side Effects of Raptiva
If you are taking this medication, then discuss the side effects with your doctor. If you feel any change in intensity, then you should tell your doctor. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe to continue using Raptiva. Side effects may include:
Warnings and precautions before taking Raptiva:
Drug Interaction :-
If you are taking certain drugs with Raptiva, then it may decreased, increased or altered the effects of Raptiva medicine. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Raptiva with the following:-
When you are taking Raptiva, and you feel that overdose is suspected then contact your doctor immediately. Symptoms of a Raptiva overdose are include:
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