Generic name: eptinezumab (ep-ti-NEZ-ue-mab - jjmr)
Drug class: CGRP inhibitors
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Aug 31, 2021.
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Therapeutic Class: Antimigraine
Pharmacologic Class: Eptinezumab
Uses for eptinezumab-jjmr
Eptinezumab-jjmr injection is used to prevent migraine headaches in adults.
Eptinezumab-jjmr is to be given only by or under the direct supervision of your doctor.
Before using eptinezumab-jjmr
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For eptinezumab-jjmr, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to eptinezumab-jjmr or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Appropriate studies on the relationship of age to the effects of eptinezumab-jjmr injection have not been performed in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.
Appropriate studies on the relationship of age to the effects of eptinezumab-jjmr injection have not been performed in the geriatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.
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.
Interactions with medicines
Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.
Interactions with food/tobacco/alcohol
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Proper use of eptinezumab-jjmr
A nurse or other healthcare professional will give you eptinezumab-jjmr in a hospital. Eptinezumab-jjmr is given through a needle placed in one of your veins. It must be given slowly, so the needle should remain in place for at least 30 minutes every 3 months.
Precautions while using eptinezumab-jjmr
It is very important that your doctor check your progress closely while you are receiving eptinezumab-jjmr. This will allow your doctor to see if the medicine is working properly and to decide if you should continue to receive it.
Eptinezumab-jjmr may cause serious allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis and angioedema, which can be life-threatening and require immediate medical attention. Tell your doctor right away if you have chest tightness, cough, rash, itching, redness of the face, trouble breathing or swallowing, large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs, or unusual tiredness or weakness while you are receiving eptinezumab-jjmr.
Tell your doctor right away if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant before receiving eptinezumab-jjmr.
Eptinezumab-jjmr side effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
- Chest tightness
- fast heartbeat
- feeling of warmth
- hives, itching, skin rash
- joint pain, stiffness or swelling
- large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, sex organs
- redness of the skin
- redness of the face, neck, arms and occasionally, upper chest
- swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, hands, or feet
- trouble breathing or swallowing
Incidence not known
- unusual tiredness or weakness
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
- muscle aches
- sore throat
- stuffy or runny nose
Incidence not known
- Bleeding, blistering, burning, coldness, discoloration of the skin, feeling of pressure, hives, infection, inflammation, itching, lumps, numbness, pain, rash, redness, scarring, soreness, stinging, swelling, tenderness, tingling, ulceration, or warmth at the injection site
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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