2 hours, every 28 days
Depending on your medical history, this may be your first experience with an infusion. Please know that trained healthcare professionals administer TYSABRI® (natalizumab) every 28 days at a TOUCH®-registered infusion center, doctor's office, or hospital.
Before the infusion, the doctor or nurse will discuss the risks and benefits of TYSABRI to determine if it is right for you.
What happens during an infusion?
During an infusion, fluid flows from a sterile bag through plastic tubing and a small needle into a vein in your arm. The infusion takes about an hour. You will be asked to wait for another hour to make sure you are not having a reaction that may need medical attention.
What do I do during the infusion?
We encourage people to treat the infusion experience as "me time." Since you have 2 hours to yourself, you might like to:
- Read a book/magazine
- Take a nap
- Work on your laptop
- Watch a movie
- Listen to music
The infusion center is also a great place to share experiences with other people with relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS). Who knows, you may even make a few new friends.
Is there anything I would need to tell my doctor/nurse before each infusion?
It is important for you to share all of your medical conditions with your doctors and nurses. For example, if you:
- Have any new or worsening problems that have lasted several days
- Have had hives, itching, or trouble breathing during or after an infusion
- Have had a fever or infection
- Are taking any other medications, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements
You should let your doctor know if you are or plan to become pregnant. It is unknown if TYSABRI can harm your unborn baby. TYSABRI can pass into your breast milk. It is not known if the TYSABRI that passes into breast milk can harm your baby.
The Medication Guide can help you find more information regarding your infusion.
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