Raxibacumab

1 What is Raxibacumab?

Brand: Raxibacumab

Generic: Raxibacumab

Raxibacumab injection is an antibody used to treat a serious and highly spreadable condition called inhalational anthrax.

In some cases, raxibacumab can also work to prevent an inhalational anthrax resistant to other treatments.

Only a doctor or a health personnel in the presence of a doctor can inject you with this medicine. It is available as:

  • Solution

2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Raxibacumab, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. Together with your doctor, you can decide whether the medication will provide you more goods than the harms.

Here are some factors to be considered before deciding to use this medicine:

  • Allergies: Inform your doctor about the allergies you have, such as to this medication, other medications, or to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
  • Pediatric: Not enough is known about the safety and efficacy of this medicine in kids.
  • Geriatric: It may be used in elderly after assessing the risks and benefits of the use.
  • Pregnancy: It falls under pregnancy category B for all trimesters meaning that this medicine is generally safe to the fetus when used in pregnancy.
  • Breastfeeding: There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.
  • Drug Interactions: Taking two medicines together can be harmful due to possible interactions. In other cases, even if there is a possible interaction between two medicines your doctor may advise you to take them together after adjusting the dose or issuing precautions. Inform your doctor about your intake of any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter: OTC) medicine, if any.
  • Other Interactions: Taking your medicine together with certain foods or items such as alcohol or tobacco may cause undesirable interactions. Talk to your doctor to know if using this medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco is safe.
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3 Proper Usage

To use Raxibacumab properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. Something for you to know:

  • A nurse will inject this medicine into your vein by using a needle. It will take 2 hours and 15 minutes for all of the medicine to pass through your veins. So, be patient.
  • Your doctor can give you antiallergic medicine such as diphenhydramine before administering the medicine.
  • Read the package insert carefully and follow accordingly.
  • For any query, ask your doctor.

4 Precautions to Take

In using Raxibacumab, you must be careful and take some precautions as advised by your doctor. Your progress should be regularly monitored to determine if you are responding to the treatment. Remember:

  • Consult your doctor immediately if you develop skin rashes during or within the first 24 hours after treatment with this medicine.

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Raxibacumab.

Consult your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following side effects:

Less common:

Less common or rare:

  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Rapid heartbeat or pulse
  • Feeling warm
  • Red face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
  • Excessive lethargy

Mild and non-serious side effects usually go away on their own without requiring medical intervention. You may also ask your doctor to learn more about how you may prevent or reduce the side effects.

Talk to your doctor if the side effects persist or worry you, including:

Less common:

  • Pain in the arms or legs
  • Excessive drowsiness

Less common or rare:

The side effects of the medicine are not limited to the ones listed above. Call your doctor immediately if you experience any side effects that are uncommon or worry you. To report side effects to the FDA, contact at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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