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CANAKINUMAB - INJECTION
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Ilaris
USES: This medication is used to treat a certain group of inherited disorders called cryopyrin-associated periodic syndromes (CAPS), including familial cold autoinflammatory syndrome and Muckle-Wells syndrome. Canakinumab works by blocking a certain natural protein in your body (interleukin-1 beta) that may worsen the symptoms of CAPS. Canakinumab does not cure CAPS, but it can help lessen the symptoms, including rash, joint/muscle pain, fever, eye redness, and tiredness.
Canakinumab is also used to treat a certain type of rheumatoid arthritis in children (systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis-SJIA).
HOW TO USE: Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using canakinumab and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medication is injected under the skin as directed by your doctor. If you are using this medication to treat CAPS, it is usually given every eight weeks. If you are using this medication to treat SJIA, it is usually given every 4 weeks. The dosage is based on your age, weight, medical condition, and response to treatment.
If you are using this medication at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional. While preparing the liquid, gently swirl the vial to dissolve the powder. Do not shake the vial. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. The mixed medication should be clear, and either colorless or a pale brownish yellow color. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.
Before injecting each dose, clean the injection site with rubbing alcohol. It is important to change the location of the injection site each time to avoid problem areas under the skin. Do not inject into skin that is tender, red, or hard. Never reuse syringes or needles.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it on the same day every 8 weeks. It may help to mark your calendar with a reminder.
Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
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