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Ibalizumab-uiyk (Intravenous)

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 21, 2022.

Commonly used brand name(s)

In the U.S.

  • Trogarzo

Available Dosage Forms:

  • Solution

Therapeutic Class: Antiretroviral Agent

Pharmacologic Class: Ibalizumab

Uses for ibalizumab-uiyk

Ibalizumab-uiyk injection is used together with other medicines for the treatment of the infection caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in patients who have received anti-HIV medicines that did not work well, who are resistant to many antiretroviral medicines, or who are failing their current antiretroviral treatment. HIV is the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

Ibalizumab-uiyk injection will not cure or prevent HIV infection or AIDS, however, it helps keep HIV from reproducing and appears to slow down the destruction of the immune system. This may help delay the development of problems that usually result from AIDS or HIV disease. Ibalizumab-uiyk injection will not keep you from spreading HIV to other people. People who receive ibalizumab-uiyk may continue to have the problems usually related to AIDS or HIV disease.

Ibalizumab-uiyk is to be given only by or under the direct supervision of your doctor.

Before using ibalizumab-uiyk

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 ibalizumab-uiyk, the following should be considered:

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to ibalizumab-uiyk 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.

Pediatric

Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of ibalizumab-uiyk injection in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.

Geriatric

Appropriate studies on the relationship of age to the effects of ibalizumab-uiyk have not been performed in the geriatric population.

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.

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. When you are receiving ibalizumab-uiyk, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Using ibalizumab-uiyk with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

  • Cabotegravir

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 ibalizumab-uiyk

A nurse or other trained health professional will give you ibalizumab-uiyk in a hospital or medical facility. It is given through a needle placed into one of your veins. Ibalizumab-uiyk should be given slowly, so the needle will have to stay in place for at least 15 to 30 minutes every 2 weeks.

Your doctor may want you stay for at least 15 minutes to 1 hour after infusion to check for any unwanted effects.

Ibalizumab-uiyk comes with a patient information leaflet. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

Precautions while using ibalizumab-uiyk

It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits to make sure that ibalizumab-uiyk is working properly. Blood tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.

Using ibalizumab-uiyk could harm unborn baby while you are pregnant. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. Tell your doctor right away if you think you have become pregnant.

Ibalizumab-uiyk may cause infusion-related reactions and serious allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, which can be life-threatening and require immediate medical attention. Tell your doctor right away if you have a back pain, chest tightness, fever or chills, flushing, rash, itching, headache, hoarseness, nausea and vomiting, trouble breathing or swallowing, or any swelling of your hands, face, or mouth after using ibalizumab-uiyk.

Your immune system may get stronger when you start taking HIV medicines. This could cause a hidden infection in your body to become active. Tell your doctor right away if you notice any changes in your health, including any symptoms of infection (eg, fever, chills, cough, hoarseness, lower back or side pain, or painful or difficult urination).

Ibalizumab-uiyk will not keep you from giving HIV to your partner during sex. Make sure you understand this and practice safe sex, even if your partner also has HIV, by using a latex condom or other barrier method. Ibalizumab-uiyk will also not keep you from giving HIV to other people if they are exposed to your blood. Do not re-use or share needles with anyone.

Ibalizumab-uiyk 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:

Incidence not known

  • Back pain
  • blurred vision
  • chest tightness
  • chills
  • confusion
  • cough
  • difficulty swallowing
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • fast heartbeat
  • fever
  • flushing
  • headache
  • hives, itching, skin rash
  • nausea and vomiting
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • seizures
  • trouble breathing
  • 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:

More common

  • Diarrhea

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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Further information

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