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What side effects do IL-17 inhibitors have?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Side effects of secukinumab may include infections, a runny or stuffy nose, and diarrhea. Serious side effects include dizziness or fainting, wheezing, chest tightness, a bad cough, fever, itching, bluish skin, seizures, other movement problems, and swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat, hands, or feet. Some people taking ixekizumab have brief pain or swelling where the shot is given.

Secukinumab and ixekizumab raise your risk for infections, which can be serious. You should not take secukinumab if you have an infection or have had chronic infections. If you're taking either of these drugs, you should not get live vaccines.

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