- Tocilizumab is used to treat moderate-to-severe forms of rheumatoid arthritis usually only after other medications have not worked. It can reduce joint pain and swelling.
- It can also be used to treat giant cell arteritis.
- For rheumatoid arthritis, other examples of biologic medicines used include upadacitinib (Rinvoq), rituximab and tumour necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors (eg, adalimumab, etanercept and infliximab).
Tocilizumab belongs to a group of medicines known as biologic medicines(external link). These are medicines that target specific chemicals in your body involved in the inflammatory response that causes arthritis.
Note: Tocilizumab is also used to treat some people who are in hospital with COVID-19. Read more about tocilizumab for COVID-19.