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Taltz is a medicine used to treat plaque psoriasis (a disorder in which skin grows and replaces itself too rapidly, causing a buildup of red, thickened areas [plaques] covered with silvery scales). Taltz is administered subcutaneously (just below the skin).
How does this medication work?
Taltz works by blocking the action of a protein in the body that causes inflammation, thereby helping to reduce inflammation and improve symptoms.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Taltz may help clear or almost clear symptoms associated with plaque psoriasis, such as redness, thickness, or scaling of the skin.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Taltz exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
You may notice an improvement in your symptoms after you start using Taltz. This is a good indicator that the medicine is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions to assess how well your symptoms are controlled.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: upper respiratory infection, injection site reactions, nausea, fungal infections.
Less common side effects may include:
Serious allergic reactions, with symptoms such as feeling faint; swelling of your face, eyelids, tongue, or throat; trouble breathing or throat tightness; chest tightness; or skin rash.
Taltz may increase your risk of getting Crohn's disease (an inflammatory disease of the digestive track) or ulcerative colitis (inflammatory bowel disease) with symptoms such as stomach pain, diarrhea with or without blood, and weight loss.
Do not use Taltz if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Taltz. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, tuberculosis (a bacterial infection that affects the lungs), or if you have recently received or are scheduled to receive an immunization (vaccine).
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults: The recommended dose is 160 milligrams (mg) (two 80 mg injections) at Week 0, followed by 80 mg at Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12, then 80 mg every 4 weeks.
Use Taltz exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.
If your healthcare provider decides that you or a caregiver may give your injections of Taltz at home, you should receive training on the right way to prepare and inject Taltz.
Taltz comes in an autoinjector and a prefilled syringe that you or your caregiver may use at home to give injections. Your healthcare provider will decide which type of Taltz is best for you to use at home.
Administer each injection at a different location (such as upper arms, thighs, or stomach area) than the previous injection. Do not inject into areas where the skin is tender, bruised, or red, or in an area of skin that is affected by psoriasis.
Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly inject and dispose of Taltz.
Do not try to inject Taltz yourself until your healthcare provider has shown you how to inject it appropriately.
Do not receive any live vaccines. Talk to your healthcare provider about what vaccines to avoid.
Do not shake Taltz or use if the liquid is discolored or cloudy.
If Taltz is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Taltz may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.
The effects of Taltz during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Taltz, inject it as soon as you remember and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not inject two doses at once.
Store in the refrigerator. Do not freeze. Protect from light.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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