Based on animal data, may cause fetal harm
Detected in human milk: effects unknown
Infections such as in the urinary tract or upper respiratory tract, headache, tiredness, depression, joint pain, diarrhea, and stomach area pain
Natalizumab increases the risk of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), a rare brain infection that usually causes death or severe disability. Your chance of getting PML increases if you have been exposed to John Cunningham Virus (JCV). Your doctor may do a blood test to check if you have been exposed to JCV before you start receiving natalizumab or during your treatment. The risk of PML is higher in patients who are virus carriers (anti-JCV positive), have received other immunosuppressives, or have been on natalizumab for a long time, especially longer than two years. Natalizumab may also cause liver damage and allergic reactions.