COMMON ACTEMRA SIDE EFFECTS 

Actemra has been linked to an increased risk of heart failure, stroke, pancreatitis, lung disease, and gastrointestinal perforations. Symptoms of gastrointestinal issues include stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation, black or bloody stools, and vomiting. Some of the more common side effects from Actemra include:

  • HEADACHES
  • HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
  • NERVOUS SYSTEM ISSUES
  • SEVERE ALLERGIC REACTIONS
  • RESPIRATORY TRACT INFECTION

ACTEMRA + ACUTE RESPIRATORY DISTRESS SYNDROME

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) is a rapidly progressive disease. Fluid fills the lungs making them stiff and difficult to inflate. This makes it hard to breathe and can cause respiratory failure. In order to improve the amount of oxygen and reduce the work of breathing, most ARDS patients will be placed on a ventilator to support them while the lungs heal. If the inflammation and fluid in the lung(s) persist, some patients will go on to develop scarring in the lungs. To improve breathing, doctors will place ARDS patients on a ventilator. This time will help the lungs heal. However, many develop scarring in the lungs. Even with the best medical care, between 30 and 50% with ARDS die of it. Recently, evidence suggests drugs like Acterma may make the condition worse. Patients reported serious cases of ARDS while receiving treatment with anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) drugs or tocilizumab. However, evidence to this effect is mixed. The risk factors of ARDS in patients with RA have not been fully studied. Yet, Roche still keeps the drug on the market without warnings.


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