Generic Name: vedolizumab (ve-doe-LIZ-ue-mab)
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Sep 30, 2020.
Commonly used brand name(s)
In the U.S.
Available Dosage Forms:
- Powder for Solution
Pharmacologic Class: Monoclonal Antibody
Uses for vedolizumab
Vedolizumab injection is used to treat Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis in patients who have not been helped by other medicines. Vedolizumab is a monoclonal antibody that works on the immune system.
Vedolizumab is to be given only by or under the direct supervision of your doctor.
Before using vedolizumab
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 vedolizumab, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to vedolizumab 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 have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of vedolizumab injection in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of vedolizumab injection in the elderly.
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 vedolizumab, 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 vedolizumab 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.
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.
Other medical problems
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of vedolizumab. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
- Infection—May decrease your body's ability to fight an infection.
Proper use of vedolizumab
A doctor or other trained health professional will give you vedolizumab. It is given through a needle that is placed in one of your veins.
Vedolizumab should come with a Medication Guide. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.
Precautions while using vedolizumab
It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits to make sure vedolizumab is working properly. Blood tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.
Vedolizumab may cause an infusion reaction while you are receiving it or right after the infusion ends. Check with your doctor or nurse right away if you have chest pain, a fever, chills, itching, hives, a rash, dizziness, fainting, lightheadedness, a headache, joint pain, difficulty with swallowing, trouble breathing, or swelling of the face, tongue, and throat.
Vedolizumab may cause serious allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Call your doctor right away if you have a rash, itching, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing, or any swelling of your hands, face, or mouth with vedolizumab.
Your body's ability to fight an infection may be reduced with vedolizumab. Avoid being near people who are sick and wash your hands often. Tell your doctor if you have ever had an infection that would not go away or an infection that kept coming back. Check with your doctor right away if you have a fever, chills, cough, flu-like symptoms, or unusual tiredness or weakness.
Vedolizumab may increase your risk of getting a rare brain infection called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). Call your doctor right away if you have back pain, blurred vision, confusion, dizziness, drowsiness, a fever or headache, seizures, or unusual tiredness or weakness.
Check with your doctor right away if you have pain or tenderness in the upper stomach, pale stools, dark urine, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, or yellow eyes or skin. These could be symptoms of a serious liver problem.
While you are being treated with vedolizumab, do not have any immunizations (vaccines) without your doctor's approval. Your vaccinations need to be current before you receive vedolizumab.
Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines and herbal or vitamin supplements.
Vedolizumab 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:
- Body aches or pain
- difficulty with breathing
- ear congestion
- loss of voice
- nasal congestion
- runny nose
- sore throat
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- Back pain
- chest tightness
- nausea and vomiting
- difficulty with swallowing
- fast heartbeat
- hives, itching, or skin rash
- puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
- tightness in the chest
Incidence not known
- Abdominal or stomach pain
- blurred vision
- clay-colored stools
- dark urine
- loss of appetite
- lower back or side pain
- painful or difficult urination
- unpleasant breath odor
- vomiting of blood
- yellow eyes or skin
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:
- Difficulty with moving
- muscle pain or stiffness
- pain in the joints
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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