TALTZ WEEK 2 - RESULTS AND MORE
What Is Taltz (Ixekizumab)?
Taltz is the brand name of the injectable medicine ixekizumab, which is used to treat psoriasis.
This prescription drug is an immunosuppressant. It works by reducing the effects of substances in the body that cause inflammation.
Taltz is recommended for people with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.
According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, clinical trials showed that Taltz improved psoriasis by at least 75 percent after three months in over 80 percent of people who took the drug.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Taltz in 2019. It's marketed by Eli Lilly and Company.
Taltz can lower the count of blood cells that help you fight infections. You may be at increased risk for developing an infection while taking this medicine.
Before using Taltz, let your doctor know if you have, or have recently had, an infection.
Your doctor will probably test you for tuberculosis (TB — an infectious disease that mainly affects the lungs) before you start on Taltz.
Let your doctor know right away if you develop any signs of infection during your treatment, which may include:
- Muscle aches
- Shortness of breath
- Blood in your mucus
- Red, warm, or painful skin or sores on your body
- Diarrhea or stomach pain
- Burning during urination
- Urinating more often than usual
- Weight loss
- Sores or white patches in your mouth or throat
- Eye swelling, redness, crusting, or drainage
Don't receive any live virus vaccines while using this medicine. This includes measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), polio, rotavirus, typhoid, yellow fever, varicella (chickenpox), zoster (shingles), and nasal flu (influenza) vaccines.
Also, tell your healthcare provider if you have any of the following conditions before taking Taltz:
This medicine isn't approved for use in anyone under age 18.
Pregnancy and Taltz
It's not known whether Taltz could harm an unborn baby if taken during pregnancy.
Tell your doctor if you're pregnant or might become pregnant before using this medicine.
Also, let your doctor know if you're currently breastfeeding. It's not known whether Taltz passes into breast milk or could hurt a breastfeeding baby.
Taltz Side Effects
Common Side Effects of Taltz
Tell your doctor if any of the following side effects become severe or don't go away:
- Cold symptoms, such as sneezing, stuffy nose, or sore throat
- Mild pain or redness at the injection site
- Ear infection
Serious Side Effects of Taltz
Tell your doctor right away if you experience any of the symptoms listed in the Taltz Warnings section above, or any of the following serious side effects:
- Signs of a severe allergic reaction (may include hives, difficulty breathing, feeling like you might pass out, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat)
Tell your doctor about all prescription, nonprescription, illegal, recreational, herbal, nutritional, or dietary drugs you're taking while using Taltz.
Taltz is given as an injection under the skin. It comes in a prefilled syringe or auto-injector pen.
You may be shown how to inject this medicine at home.
Typically, the first seven doses of Taltz are given once a week. Then, it's injected once every four weeks.
The first dose is usually 160 milligrams (mg). After that, the typical dose is 80 mg.
Follow the instructions on your prescription label carefully. Don't give yourself more or less Taltz than is recommended.
Try to use a different location on your body each time you give yourself an injection of Taltz. Your doctor will show you the best places to inject the medicine.
Don't inject Taltz into an area of your skin with active psoriasis. Also, avoid spots that are red, tender, or bruised.
Use the disposable syringe only once and then discard it.
Taltz should be clear or light yellow in color. Don't use this medicine if it looks discolored or cloudy, or if it has particles in it.
Don't shake the syringe or injection pen before injecting Taltz.
Taltz should be stored in a refrigerator. Take the prefilled syringe or injection pen out of the refrigerator and leave it at room temperature for 30 minutes before using it.
Don't heat or freeze Taltz.
If you suspect an overdose of Taltz, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.
You can get in touch with a poison control center at 800-222-1222.
Missed Dose of Taltz
If you miss a dose of Taltz, inject it as soon as you remember.
But if it's almost time for you next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular injection schedule.
Don't take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
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