Ibalizumab-Uiyk

Pronounced

"EYE-ba-LIZ-ue-mab"

Uses

This drug is used with other HIV medications to help control HIV infection. It helps to decrease the amount of HIV in your body so your immune system can work better. This lowers your chance of getting HIV complications (such as new infections, cancer) and improves your quality of life. Ibalizumab belongs to a class of drugs known as monoclonal antibodies.

Ibalizumab is not a cure for HIV infection. To decrease your risk of spreading HIV disease to others, continue to take all HIV medications exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Use an effective barrier method (latex or polyurethane condoms/dental dams) during sexual activity as directed by your doctor. Do not share personal items (such as needles/syringes, toothbrushes, and razors) that may have contacted blood or other body fluids. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

How to Use This Medication

Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using ibalizumab and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

This medication is given by injection into a vein as directed by your doctor, usually every 2 weeks. The injection is given by a health care professional. The first dose is usually given over at least 30 minutes. Later doses may be given over a shorter time.

Infusion reactions may occur while you are receiving this drug and for a short time after. Your doctor will watch you for some time after each injection to check for these reactions. Tell your doctor right away if you have symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain/tightness, cough, nausea, vomiting, or hot flashes.

It is very important to keep using this medication (and other HIV medications) exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not skip any doses.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, it may help to mark your calendar with a reminder.

Do not stop using this drug (or other HIV medicines) even for a short time unless directed to do so by your doctor. Doing so may cause the amount of virus to increase, make the infection more difficult to treat (resistant), or worsen side effects.

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