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What is tocilizumab and why is it prescribed?

Tocilizumab is a biological therapy that targets a protein called IL-6.

It's prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis to reduce inflammation.

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How do I take tocilizumab and how long does it take to work?

Tocilizumab may be given through a drip once every four weeks, or as an injection under the skin once a week. You should start to notice the benefits after 2–12 weeks.

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Can I drink alcohol while I'm on tocilizumab?

You can drink alcohol while on tocilizumab. 

However, if you’re also taking methotrexate, you should keep within the recommended limits (14 units per week for adults).

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