Alemtuzumab Injection (Multiple Sclerosis)

Name: Alemtuzumab Injection (Multiple Sclerosis)

Why is this medication prescribed?

Alemtuzumab injection is used to treat relapsing-remitting forms (course of disease where symptoms flare up from time to time) of multiple sclerosis (MS, a disease in which the nerves do not function properly; may experience weakness, numbness, loss of muscle coordination and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control) in people who have not improved after treatment with at least two other MS medications. Alemtuzumab is in a class of medications called monoclonal antibodies. It works by decreasing the action of immune cells that may cause nerve damage.

How should this medicine be used?

Alemtuzumab injection comes as a solution (liquid) to be injected intravenously (into a vein) over 4 hours by a doctor or nurse in a hospital or medical office. It is usually given once daily for 5 days for the first treatment cycle. A second treatment cycle is usually given once daily for 3 days, 12 months after the first treatment cycle. Your doctor may prescribe an additional treatment cycle for 3 days at least 12 months after the previous treatment.

Alemtuzumab injection helps to control multiple sclerosis but does not cure it.

Other uses for this medicine

This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

In case of emergency/overdose

In case of overdose, call the poison control helpline at 1-800-222-1222. Information is also available online at . If the victim has collapsed, had a seizure, has trouble breathing, or can't be awakened, immediately call emergency services at 911.

  • headache
  • rash
  • dizziness

What other information should I know?

Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about alemtuzumab injection.

It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.