What is Tocilizumab?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Tocilizumab is an antirheumatic, interleukin-6 receptor antagonist used as a treatment of moderately- to severely-active rheumatoid arthritis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Rheumatoid arthritis 92 64
Muscle and joint pain 5 3
Joint pain 4 3
Systemic lupus erythematosus 3 4
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 2 0
Adult Still's disease 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 11
Moderate 15
Mild 18
None 24

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tocilizumab

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 7
Nausea 4
Headaches 3
Itching 2
Mouth sores (ulcers) 2
Bleeding gums 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tocilizumab

Dosage Patients
180 mg weekly 3
162 mg/kg weekly 2
1 other monthly 1
1 other weekly 1
8 mg/kg monthly 1
8 mg/kg every 4 weeks 1
8.5 mg/kg every 4 weeks 1
20 mg every 4 weeks 1
20 mg every other week 1
180 mg every 4 weeks 1

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Why patients stopped taking Tocilizumab

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 27
Side effects too severe 15
Doctor's advice 13
Other 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Expense 1
See all 39 patients who've stopped taking Tocilizumab

Duration

Currently taking Tocilizumab

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 6

Stopped taking Tocilizumab

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 9
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 63
Usually 0
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 17
A little hard to take 22
Not at all hard to take 27
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 12
$100-199 4
$50-99 1
$25-49 4
< $25 31
Not specified 16

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tocilizumab after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Abatacept (Orencia) 10
Infliximab (Remicade) 5
Rituximab (Rituxan) 5
Golimumab (Simponi SmartJect) 4
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 4

Show all 11 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Tocilizumab and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Abatacept (Orencia) 7
Tofacitinib (Xeljanz) 4
Adalimumab (Humira) 3
Infliximab (Remicade) 3
Certolizumab (Cimzia) 2

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching to

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2 patient evaluations for Tocilizumab

Mar 21, 2017 (Started Mar 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg/kg every 4 weeks
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 5, 2016 (Started Oct 05, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 162 mg Every Other Week
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 1, 2014 (Started Oct 05, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 162 mg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 16, 2014 (Started Oct 05, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 162 mg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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