Review: could Actemra cause Pneumonia?


Pneumonia is found among people who take Actemra, especially for people who are female, 60+ old , have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Methotrexate, and have Rheumatoid arthritis . We study 5,930 people who have side effects while taking Actemra from FDA and social media. Among them, 303 have Pneumonia. Find out below who they are, when they have Pneumonia and more.

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Actemra has active ingredients of tocilizumab. It is often used in rheumatoid arthritis. (latest outcomes from Actemra 5,944 users)


Pneumonia has been reported by people with breathing difficulty, hypotension, rashes, thrombocytopenia, weakness (latest reports from 126,781 Pneumonia patients).

On Aug, 27, 2016

5,930 people reported to have side effects when taking Actemra.
Among them, 303 people (5.11%) have Pneumonia

Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Actemra cause Pneumonia?

Time on Actemra when people have Pneumonia *:

  • < 1 month: 39.04 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 30.14 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 10.27 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 13.7 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 6.85 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 0.0 %
  • 10+ years: 0.0 %

Gender of people who have Pneumonia when taking Actemra *:

  • female: 70.31 %
  • male: 29.69 %

Age of people who have Pneumonia when taking Actemra *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 3.19 %
  • 10-19: 2.79 %
  • 20-29: 3.19 %
  • 30-39: 4.78 %
  • 40-49: 5.98 %
  • 50-59: 19.52 %
  • 60+: 60.56 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (250 people)
  • Prophylaxis (17 people)
  • Juvenile Arthritis (14 people)
  • Diabetes Mellitus (12 people)
  • Hypertension (11 people)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Methotrexate (99 people)
  • Prednisolone (82 people)
  • Folic Acid (54 people)
  • Prednisone (40 people)
  • Aspirin (25 people)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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