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What is Taltz?
Taltz (ixekizumab) is an immunosuppressant that reduces the effects of a chemical substance in the body that can cause inflammation.
Taltz is used to treat moderate to severe plaque psoriasis (raised, silvery flaking of the skin) in adults.
Taltz may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Taltz if you are allergic to ixekizumab.
To make sure Taltz is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- an active or recent infection;
- Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis; or
- tuberculosis (or if you have close contact with someone who has tuberculosis).
It is not known whether Taltz will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
It is not known whether ixekizumab passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Ixekizumab is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
How is Taltz given?
Take Taltz exactly as prescribed. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Before you start treatment with Taltz, your doctor may perform tests to make sure you do not have tuberculosis or other infections.
Taltz is injected under the skin. You may be shown how to use injections at home. Do not give yourself this medicine if you do not understand how to use the injection and properly dispose of used needles and syringes.
Read all patient information, medication guides, and instruction sheets provided to you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Taltz is not used daily. The first 7 doses are usually given once per week. Then an injection is given once every 4 weeks. Follow your doctor’s instructions.
Your care provider will show you the best places on your body to inject Taltz. Use a different place each time you give an injection. Do not inject into the same place two times in a row. Do not give an injection into a skin area with active psoriasis, or skin that is red, bruised, or tender.
Taltz should appear as a clear to light-yellow liquid. Do not use the medicine if it looks cloudy or has particles in it. Call your pharmacist for new medication.
Do not shake the syringe or injection pen.
Use a disposable needle and syringe only once. Follow any state or local laws about throwing away used needles and syringes. Use a puncture-proof «sharps» disposal container (ask your pharmacist where to get one and how to throw it away). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.
Ixekizumab can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections. This can make it easier for you to get sick from being around others who are ill.
Store this medicine in the original container in a refrigerator. Protect from light and do not freeze. Do not use the medicine if it has become frozen.
Before injecting your dose, take the injection pen or prefilled syringe out of the refrigerator and leave it at room temperature for 30 minutes. Do not heat this medicine in a microwave or under hot water, and do not leave it in direct sunlight.
Each single-use Taltz injection pen or prefilled syringe is for one use only. Throw away after one use, even if there is still some medicine left after injecting your dose.
Taltz dosing information
Usual Adult Dose of Taltz for Plaque Psoriasis:
Recommended dose: 160 mg (two 80 mg injections) subcutaneously at Week 0, followed by 80 mg at Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12, then 80 mg every 4 weeks
-Evaluate patients for tuberculosis (TB) infection prior to initiating therapy with this drug.
Use: For the treatment of adults with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while using Taltz?
Do not receive a «live» vaccine while using Taltz, or you could develop a serious infection. Live vaccines include measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), polio, rotavirus, typhoid, yellow fever, varicella (chickenpox), zoster (shingles), and nasal flu (influenza) vaccine.
Do not share this medicine with another person, even if they have the same symptoms you have.
Taltz side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Taltz: hives; difficult breathing; feeling like you might pass out; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- fever, chills, sweating, muscle pain, weight loss;
- diarrhea (may be bloody), stomach cramps;
- painful skin sores;
- cough, shortness of breath, cough with red or pink mucus;
- sores or white patches in your mouth or throat (yeast infection or «thrush»);
- increased urination, pain or burning when you urinate;
- eye swelling, redness, crusting or drainage (may be signs of infection); or
- signs of a fungal infection (rash or red patches, itching, burning, cracked skin, hair loss).
Common Taltz side effects may include:
- pain or redness where the medicine was injected;
- ear infection; or
- cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.
What other drugs will affect Taltz?
Other drugs may interact with ixekizumab, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.