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(anakinra) for Injection
Kineret (anakinra) is a recombinant, nonglycosylated form of the human interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra). Kineret differs from native human IL-1Ra in that it has the addition of a single methionine residue at its amino terminus. Kineret consists of 153 amino acids and has a molecular weight of 17.3 kilodaltons. It is produced by recombinant DNA technology using an E coli bacterial expression system.
Kineret is supplied in single use prefilled glass syringes with 27 gauge needles as a sterile, clear, colorless-to-white, preservative free solution for daily subcutaneous (SC) administration. The solution may contain trace amounts of small, translucent-to-white amorphous proteinaceous particles. Each prefilled glass syringe contains: 0.67 mL (100 mg) of anakinra in a solution (pH 6.5) containing disodium EDTA (0.12 mg), sodium chloride (5.48 mg), anhydrous citric acid (1.29 mg), and polysorbate 80 (0.70 mg) in Water for Injection, USP.
What are the possible side effects of anakinra (Kineret)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Serious infections may occur during treatment with anakinra. Stop using this medicine and call your doctor right away if you have signs of infection such as:
- fever, sweating, chills, tired feeling;
- feeling short of breath;
- cough, sore throat;
- sores in your mouth and throat; or
- flu symptoms, weight loss.
Less serious side effects may include:
What are the precautions when taking anakinra (Kineret)?
Before using anakinra, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to proteins made from a certain bacteria (E. coli); or to latex; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: current/past/returning infections (such as tuberculosis), immune system problems (such as HIV disease), kidney disease, asthma.
Anakinra can make you more likely to get infections or may worsen any current infections. Therefore, wash your hands well to prevent the spread of infection. Avoid contact with people who have infections that may spread to others...
Last reviewed on RxList: 11/7/2013
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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