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Drug interactions between alemtuzumab and natalizumab

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Interactions between your drugs


alemtuzumab natalizumab

Applies to: alemtuzumab and natalizumab

Using natalizumab together with alemtuzumab, or using them sequentially with little to no time in between, may increase the risk of serious and potentially life-threatening infections. Of particular concern is an infection known as progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), which is a rare but serious viral infection of the brain that may lead to disability and death. If you are currently being treated or have recently been treated with alemtuzumab, you may not be able to use natalizumab, or you may require close monitoring and special tests by your doctor to minimize the risk of infection during treatment. Let your doctor know if you develop signs and symptoms of infection such as fever, chills, diarrhea, sore throat, muscle aches, shortness of breath, blood in phlegm, weight loss, red or inflamed skin, body sores, and pain or burning during urination. Also seek immediate medical attention if you experience progressive weakness on one side of the body, clumsiness of limbs, disturbance of vision, confusion, or changes in thinking, memory and personality, as these may be early symptoms of PML. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

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Drug and food interactions

No results found in our database - however, this does not necessarily mean no interactions exist. Always consult with your doctor or pharmacist.

Therapeutic duplication warnings

Therapeutic duplication is the use of more than one medicine from the same drug category or therapeutic class to treat the same condition. This can be intentional in cases where drugs with similar actions are used together for demonstrated therapeutic benefit. It can also be unintentional in cases where a patient has been treated by more than one doctor, or had prescriptions filled at more than one pharmacy, and can have potentially adverse consequences.


Immunomodulators for multiple sclerosis

Therapeutic duplication

The recommended maximum number of medicines in the 'immunomodulators for multiple sclerosis' category to be taken concurrently is usually one. Your list includes two medicines belonging to the 'immunomodulators for multiple sclerosis' category:

  • alemtuzumab
  • natalizumab

Note: The benefits of taking this combination of medicines may outweigh any risks associated with therapeutic duplication. This information does not take the place of talking to your doctor. Always check with your healthcare provider to determine if any adjustments to your medications are needed.

Drug Interaction Classification

The classifications below are a guideline only. The relevance of a particular drug interaction to a specific patient is difficult to determine using this tool alone given the large number of variables that may apply.
Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.
Unknown No information available.

Do not stop taking any medications without consulting your healthcare provider.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.