Generic Name: Ocrelizumab (ok re LIZ ue mab)
Brand Name: Ocrevus
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Sep 26, 2020.
Uses of Ocrevus:
- It is used to treat MS (multiple sclerosis).
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Ocrevus?
- If you are allergic to this medicine (Ocrevus); any part of this medicine (Ocrevus); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you have an infection.
- If you have active hepatitis B infection.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this medicine (Ocrevus).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this medicine (Ocrevus) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Ocrevus?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine (Ocrevus). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- If you have had hepatitis B before or carry the virus, this medicine (Ocrevus) can cause the virus to become active. This can lead to very bad and sometimes deadly liver problems. You will be tested for hepatitis B before starting this medicine (Ocrevus). You will need to watch for signs of hepatitis while taking this medicine (Ocrevus) and for several months after stopping it. Talk with your doctor.
- Talk with your doctor before getting any vaccines. Use of some vaccines with this medicine (Ocrevus) may either raise the chance of an infection or make the vaccine not work as well.
- Make sure you are up to date with all your vaccines before treatment with this medicine (Ocrevus). Talk with your doctor to find out when you need to get any vaccines before starting this medicine (Ocrevus).
- Infusion reactions have happened with this medicine (Ocrevus). Sometimes, these could be very bad or life-threatening. Talk with the doctor.
- Infusion reactions can happen up to 24 hours after this medicine (Ocrevus) is given.
- Other drugs may be given to help with infusion side effects.
- You may have more chance of getting an infection. Wash hands often. Stay away from people with infections, colds, or flu.
- This medicine may add to the chance of getting some types of cancer. Talk with the doctor.
- Be sure to have regular breast exams. Your doctor will tell you how often to have these. You will also need to do breast self-exams as your doctor has told you. Talk with your doctor.
- Use birth control that you can trust to prevent pregnancy while taking this medicine (Ocrevus) and for 6 months after stopping this medicine (Ocrevus).
- If you get pregnant while taking this medicine (Ocrevus) or within 6 months after your last dose, call your doctor right away.
- If you used this medicine (Ocrevus) when you were pregnant, tell your baby's doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Ocrevus) best taken?
Use this medicine (Ocrevus) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- It is given as an infusion into a vein over a period of time.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Call your doctor to find out what to do.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
- Signs of infection like fever, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, or wound that will not heal.
- Signs of skin infection like oozing, heat, swelling, redness, or pain.
- Burning, itching, numbness, or tingling feeling in the genitals.
- Shortness of breath.
- Dizziness or passing out.
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Upset stomach.
- A fast heartbeat.
- A lump in the breast or breast soreness.
- Swelling in the arms or legs.
- Low mood (depression).
- A very bad brain problem called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) may happen with this medicine (Ocrevus). It may cause disability or can be deadly. Tell your doctor right away if you have signs like confusion, memory problems, low mood (depression), change in the way you act, change in strength on 1 side is greater than the other, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, or change in eyesight.
What are some other side effects of Ocrevus?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
How do I store and/or throw out Ocrevus?
- If you need to store this medicine (Ocrevus) at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- This medicine comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time this medicine (Ocrevus) is refilled. If you have any questions about this medicine (Ocrevus), please talk with the doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What types of MS does Ocrevus treat?
- What are the new drugs used for multiple sclerosis (MS)?
- Is Ocrevus a form of chemotherapy?
- How long does it take Ocrevus to work?
- How much does an Ocrevus infusion cost?
- How does Ocrevus work for MS?
- How long does an Ocrevus infusion take?
More about Ocrevus (ocrelizumab)
- Side Effects
- During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding
- Dosage Information
- Drug Interactions
- Pricing & Coupons
- En Español
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- Drug class: CD20 monoclonal antibodies
- FDA Approval History