Drug Class:Biologics (IL-inhibitor)
For psoriatic arthritis: after an initial loading dose of 160 mg, 80 mg injection every 4 weeks.
For psoriatic arthritis in the presence of coexistent moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis: after an initial loading dose of 160 mg, 80 mg injection every 2 weeks for the first 12 weeks, and every 4 weeks thereafter.
Potential Side EffectsHelp
Caution should be used when prescribing ixekizumab to patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Exacerbations, in some cases serious, occurred in ixekizumab-treated patients during clinical trials.
- Must be kept refrigerated. Do not freeze. Inject into thigh, abdomen or upper arm. Rotate injection sites. Do not inject where skin is tender, bruised, red or hard.
- All biologics suppress the immune system and may increase your risk of infections. Tell your doctor if you have an active infection. Do not start treatment if you have a serious or recurrent infection (such as pneumonia). You should be tested for tuberculosis before starting this medication. Do not get a live vaccine when taking biologics.
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