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Kesimpta (Ofatumumab) for Multiple Sclerosis

Last updated March 15, 2022, by Patricia Silva, PhD

Fact-checked by Ines Martins, PhD

FAQs about Kesimpta

Kesimpta was approved in August 2020 for the treatment of adults with relapsing forms of MS. It can be prescribed for patients with clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting MS, and active secondary progressive MS. Ofatumumab had originally been approved in 2009, under the brand name Arzerra and under a different administration regimen, for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Kesimpta may cause fetal harm, therefore the medication is not recommended for pregnant patients. Those who can become pregnant are advised to use birth control methods during treatment and for six months after stopping the therapy.

No known interactions exist between Kesimpta and alcohol. However, given that alcohol can interfere with some medications and disease symptoms, patients are advised to discuss this topic with their healthcare team.

Hair loss and weight gain have not been reported in studies as side effects associated with Kesimpta. Patients are advised to talk with their healthcare team if they experience any such issues.

Multiple Sclerosis News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

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