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efalizumab (generic name)

It is used to help relieve the symptoms of psoriasis.
(e fa li ZOO mab)
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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
  • breathing difficulties
  • bruising, pinpoint red spots on the skin, black, tarry stools, blood in the urine
  • changes in vision
  • confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • dark urine
  • dizziness
  • fever or chills, cough, sore throat, pain or difficulty passing urine
  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
  • severe headaches
  • severe redness, pain, swelling, or stiffness of joints such as hands, knees, or ankles
  • sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg
  • trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusually weak or tired
  • worsening of psoriasis
  • yellowing of the skin and eyes

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • back pain
  • headache
  • joint pain
  • muscle aches
  • nausea
  • swelling of the arms or legs

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store this medicine in the refrigerator between 2 and 8 degrees F (36 and 46 degrees C) until you are ready to prepare your injection. Do not freeze or store at room temperature. Once this medicine has been mixed, you should use it right away. If you are unable to inject the drug after mixing, the solution can stay at room temperature for up to 8 hours. Do not use after 8 hours. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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Last Updated: April 21, 2009
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