IXEKIZUMAB

By Gary M. White, MD


Ixekizumab (brand name Taltz) is a monoclonal antibody that targets interleukin-17A and is highly effective in the treatment of psoriasis.

Indications

Ixekizumab is indicated for adults with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy.

Dosage and Administration

Administer by subcutaneous injection. The recommended dose is 160 mg (two 80 mg injections) at week 0, followed by 80 mg at weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12, then 80 mg every 4 weeks.

Warnings and Precautions

Adverse Reactions

Most common (≥1%) adverse reactions associated with Taltz treatment are injection site reactions, upper respiratory tract infections, nausea, and tinea infections.

Vaccines

Live vaccines should not be given during therapy with ixekizumab.

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