Taltz (ixekizumab): A Breakthrough Treatment for Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis, and Ankylosing Spondylitis

Taltz (ixekizumab) is a prescription medication that is used to treat moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in adults and children 6 years of age and older. It is also used to treat psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis in adults.

Taltz is a biologic medication, which means it is made from living cells. It works by blocking a protein called interleukin-17A (IL-17A). IL-17A is involved in inflammation, and by blocking it, Taltz helps to reduce inflammation and improve the symptoms of psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis.

How does Taltz work?

Taltz is a monoclonal antibody. Monoclonal antibodies are proteins that are designed to attach to specific molecules on other cells. Taltz is designed to attach to IL-17A, a protein that is involved in inflammation. When Taltz attaches to IL-17A, it blocks the protein from working. This helps to reduce inflammation and improve the symptoms of psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis.

When do you use Taltz?

Taltz is used to treat moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in adults and children 6 years of age and older. It is also used to treat psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis in adults.

How do you use Taltz?

Taltz is given as a subcutaneous injection. This means it is injected under the skin. Taltz can be injected by a healthcare professional or by the patient themselves. If the patient is going to inject Taltz themselves, they will need to be trained by a healthcare professional.

The recommended dosage of Taltz is 80 milligrams (mg) once every four weeks. Taltz can be injected into the thigh or abdomen.

When should you not use Taltz?

You should not use Taltz if you are allergic to ixekizumab or any of the other ingredients in Taltz. You should also not use Taltz if you have a serious infection.

What should be kept in mind when using Taltz?

There are a few things you should keep in mind when using Taltz. First, Taltz can increase your risk of infections. If you get an infection, tell your doctor right away. Second, Taltz can cause serious allergic reactions. If you have an allergic reaction to Taltz, stop using it and get medical help right away. Third, Taltz can cause some side effects, including:

  • Injection site reactions
  • Upper respiratory tract infections
  • Sinus infections
  • Headaches
  • Muscle pain
  • Joint pain
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Hives

If you experience any of these side effects, talk to your doctor.

Is it safe while pregnancy and breastfeeding?

It is not known if Taltz is safe to take during pregnancy or breastfeeding. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking Taltz.

What are the negative effects associated with Taltz?

The most serious negative effects associated with Taltz are infections and allergic reactions. Other negative effects that have been reported include:

  • Injection site reactions
  • Upper respiratory tract infections
  • Sinus infections
  • Headaches
  • Muscle pain
  • Joint pain
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Hives

Can I take Taltz with other medicines?

Taltz can interact with other medications, including:

  • Immunosuppressants
  • Biologic medications
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Pain medications
  • Antibiotics
  • Antifungals
  • Antiviral medications

If you are taking any other medications, talk to your doctor before taking Taltz.

Other information you should know about Taltz

  • Taltz is a prescription medication and should only be taken under the supervision of a doctor.
  • Taltz can cause side effects, so it is important to talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits before taking it.
  • Taltz is not safe for everyone, so it is important to talk to your doctor before taking it if you have any of the following conditions:
    • Allergies to ixekizumab or any of the other ingredients in Taltz
    • A serious infection
    • Pregnancy or breastfeeding

If you have any questions about Taltz, talk to your doctor.

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taltz in MENA

If you are interested in learning more about Taltz and its availability in the MENA region, please contact us.

The ATC code for Taltz is L04AC13. This code stands for “immunosuppressants, interleukin inhibitors.” Taltz is a biologic medication that works by blocking a protein called interleukin-17A (IL-17A). IL-17A is involved in inflammation, and by blocking it, Taltz helps to reduce inflammation and improve the symptoms of psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis.


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