Biologic drugs

Immune-System 'Adjustment' medicines.

Immune-system 'adjustment' medicines

These are immunosuppressant medicines and you should not increase or decrease these therapies without discussing with your IBD Specialist Team. While on these therapies blood monitoring is normally directed by your General Practitioner but as a guide, we recommend the following if your symptoms are stable:

Biological drugs (Adalimumab, Golimumab, Vedolizumab, Infliximab and Ustekinumab)

Blood tests should be performed every 8 to 12 weeks (as directed by your IBD Team) to check Liver Function, Full Blood Count, Urea and Electrolytes and Inflammatory Markers.

Failing to get bloods done within the recommended guidelines is unsafe, and could mean therapy is withdrawn by either your General Practitioner or IBD Specialist Team.

If you have an active, confirmed infection, please withhold the Immune-Adjustment medication and discuss with your GP or IBD Specialist Team•

Please note: Always ensure you are taking your medication as prescribed by your IBD team. DO NOT ADJUST YOUR DOSE