A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine in a medical facility. It is given through a needle placed into one of your veins.
This medicine is usually given for 2 treatment courses. You will receive this medicine for 5 consecutive days for the first treatment course and for 3 consecutive days about 1 year later for your second treatment course. Each treatment usually takes about 4 hours per day.
Your doctor may ask you to stay for at least 2 hours after each treatment to check for unwanted effects.
You will receive steroid medicines right before starting treatment to prevent allergic reactions and for the first 3 days of each treatment course. You will also be given antiviral medicines starting on the first day of each treatment course and for at least 2 months after treatment. These medicines are given to prevent infections caused by the herpes virus.
It is very important that you understand the requirements of the Lemtrada® REMS program, and become familiar with the Lemtrada® Medication Guide. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.