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 90 61
Joint pain 4 3
Muscle and joint pain 4 2
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 12
Moderate 14
Mild 16
None 22

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tocilizumab

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 7
Headaches 3
Mouth sores (ulcers) 3
High cholesterol 2
Infection 2
Itchy all over 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tocilizumab

Dosage Patients
20 mg every 4 weeks 3
1 mg/kg every 4 weeks 2
180 mg weekly 2
1 other monthly 1
8 mg/kg every 4 weeks 1
8.5 mg/kg every 4 weeks 1
92 mL every other week 1
250 mg/kg every 4 weeks 1
600 mg monthly 1
800 mg/kg monthly 1

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Why patients stopped taking Tocilizumab

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 25
Side effects too severe 15
Doctor's advice 12
Other 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Expense 1
See all 36 patients who've stopped taking Tocilizumab

Duration

Currently taking Tocilizumab

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 2

Stopped taking Tocilizumab

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 60
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 16
A little hard to take 20
Not at all hard to take 26
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 12
$100-199 4
$50-99 3
$25-49 4
< $25 27
Not specified 14

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tocilizumab after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Abatacept (Orencia) 7
Golimumab (Simponi SmartJect) 4
Infliximab (Remicade) 4
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 4
Rituximab (Rituxan) 4

Show all 11 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Tocilizumab and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Abatacept (Orencia) 7
Tofacitinib (Xeljanz) 3
Adalimumab (Humira) 2
Certolizumab (Cimzia) 2
Etanercept (Enbrel SureClick) 2

Show all 8 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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