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. Read more
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. It may be 2–12 weeks before you notice an improvement in your symptoms. Read more
What are the possible risks and side-effects of tocilizumab?
Side-effects of tocilizumab aren't usually serious but include a blocked or runny nose, sore throat, headache, dizziness, mouth ulcers and stomach irritation. It can also make you more likely to develop infections. Read more
Can tocilizumab affect other medicines and treatments?
You may be prescribed tocilizumab alongside other drugs. Discuss any new medications with your doctor because some drugs interact with tocilizumab. Read more
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 only drink alcohol in moderation. Read more
Does tocilizumab affect fertility, pregnancy or breastfeeding?
Tocilizumab isn't recommended if you're pregnant or breastfeeding. However, it's unlikely to be harmful if taken in the early stages of pregnancy. Read more