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What is kesimpta used for

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

What Is Kesimpta?

Kesimpta (ofatumumab) is a CD20-directed cytolytic antibody used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), to include clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease, in adults.

What Are Side Effects of Kesimpta?

Side effects of Kesimpta include:

  • upper respiratory tract infection,
  • headache,
  • injection-related reactions (fever, headache, muscle pain, chills, and fatigue), and
  • local injection site reactions (redness, pain, itching, and swelling)

Dosage for Kesimpta

The initial dosing of Kesimpta is 20 mg administered at Week 0, 1, and 2. Subsequent dosing of Kesimpta is 20 mg administered monthly starting at Week 4.

Kesimpta In Children

Safety and effectiveness of Kesimpta in pediatric patients have not been established.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Kesimpta?

Kesimpta may interact with other medicines such as:

  • immunosuppressant drugs, including systemic corticosteroids.

Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

Kesimpta During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before using Kesimpta; it is unknown how it might affect a fetus. Kesimpta may cross the placenta and cause fetal B-cell depletion based on findings from animal studies. Females of childbearing potential should use effective contraception while receiving Kesimpta and for 6 months after the last treatment of Kesimpta. It is unknown if Kesimpta passes into breast milk or how it could affect a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Additional Information

Our Kesimpta (ofatumumab) Injection, for Subcutaneous Use Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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