This information is a brief overview of some of the important points about vedolizumab, which is used to treat Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis (the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease - IBD). 

The information is about vedolizumab in general and is not intended to replace specific advice from your doctor or other health professionals.

For further information, please talk to your doctor or specialist IBD team, or look at the information sheet supplied with your medication or from

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Why am I being treated with this medicine?
How does it work?
How long will it take to work?
How do I take vedolizumab?
What is the normal dosage and how often will I need an infusion?
How effective is vedolizumab?
Can I have other treatment alongside vedolizumab?
What checks will I need before I start vedolizumab?
Will I have ongoing checks when I am on vedolizumab?
Will I need to take any special precautions while being treated with vedolizumab?
What are the most likely side effects of vedolizumab?
Can I have immuniations while on vedolizumab?
Can I take other medicines along with vedolizumab?
Can I drink alcohol while taking vedolizumab?
Does vedolizumab affect pregnancy and fertility?
What about breast feeding?
Who should I talk to if I'm worried?
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Last reviewed: July 2017